Police Searching for Man Accused of Trying to Set Residence on Fire

GASKILL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police are looking for a man who allegedly struck a victim and attempted to set a house on fire in Gaskill Township on Sunday.

Around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, Punxsutawney-based State Police responded to a residence on State Route 36 in Gaskill Township for a report of a domestic dispute.

Police say upon further investigation and interviews, it was discovered that 48-year-old Walter Willis Foster, Jr., of Punxsutawney, struck a known victim in the face and then made serval attempts to actively ignite the residence.

The victims of the incident are listed as a 49-year-old woman, a 77-year-old woman, an 11-year-old male, a 9-year-old male, and a 3-year-old female.

According to police, Foster fled the scene prior to the troopers’ arrival at the scene.

Court documents indicate the following charges were filed against Foster through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on August 24:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (five counts)
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Police say a warrant has been issued for Foster’s arrest.

Anyone with information regarding Foster’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Punxsutawney-based State Police at 814-938-0510.


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