Police: Brookville Man Threatens to Kill Woman, Attempts to Block Her From Leaving After PFA Hearing at Courthouse

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Multiple charges have been filed against a Brookville man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman and attempted to block her from leaving after a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Court documents indicate the Brookville Borough Police filed criminal charges against 54-year-old Joseph M Huntington.

According to a criminal complaint, around 2:57 p.m. on November 3, Brookville Borough Police received a call from Jefferson County Chief Deputy Sam Bartley regarding a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order hearing that had taken place that day at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The complaint indicates Chief Deputy Bartley was called by the court to escort the known female victim to her vehicle for safety. He reported the victim was followed by Joseph Huntington, who was reportedly irate and began to swear at him and the victim regarding the court hearing.

Chief Deputy Bartley then instructed Huntington to remove himself immediately, but Huntington reportedly refused and then blocked the victim’s exit by placing his foot under the rear tire of her vehicle in the rear parking lot of the courthouse.

According to the complaint, Huntington also threatened to kill the victim.

Huntington was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak at 4:43 p.m. on November 3, on the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Obstruct Admin Law/Other Government Function, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Comm. Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

Unable to post $20,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

His bail was then increased to $200,000.00 monetary on November 4 per the judge’s request.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on November 18 with Judge Bazylak presiding.


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