Punxsy Man Allegedly Pulls Knife on Victim, Says He ‘Should Die’

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Terroristic threats and related charges have been filed against a Punxsutawney man accused of pulling a knife on a male victim and telling him he “should die.”

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 61-year-old Theodore Alan Shank.

According to a criminal complaint, on August 18, the victim – Jamey Stormer – went to the Punxsutawney-based State Police to report an incident.

According to the complaint, Stormer reported he was pulling out of a driveway onto Adrian Road in Young Township, Jefferson County, and noticed his cell phone battery was low, so he pulled over at the intersection of Adrian and Toby Road to look for his phone charger. As he was stopped, Stormer looked up and saw a man walking toward him and recognized the man as Ted Shank.

Stormer told police Shank asked if he was okay and why he was stopped, and Stormer explained he was just looking for his phone charger. He reported Shank then told him his cousin was on the porch and wanted to say hello, and he told Shank that was not his cousin. He also told Shank he didn’t want to associate with him based on an incident Shank was involved in with Stormer’s girlfriend and her mother.

Stormer reported Shank then asked who his girlfriend and her mother were, and he told Shank their names. Shank then allegedly began to call his girlfriend and her mother names and told him they “needed to die.”

The complaint notes Stormer told police that Shank was standing behind his vehicle, which prevented him from leaving. Stormer reported he then got out of the vehicle to speak to Shank at which time Shank told him he “should die” for dating his girlfriend.

According to the complaint, Stormer told police Shank then pulled a knife, described as a black handle with a stainless blade, out and held it in his right hand. Stormer then began to back away. He reported Shank continued to call his girlfriend and her mother names and said they were “snitches.” Shank then reportedly told Stormer he was grabbing a gun and began walking toward his residence.

Stormer told police that when Shank began walking toward his residence, he got back into his vehicle and drove away.

Police then went to speak to Shank about the incident.

According to the complaint, Shank told police he saw Stormer parked outside his residence holding his phone up and thought Stormer was taking photos of his residence. He reported he asked Stormer what he was doing and told him he had no business being there.

The complaint notes Shank told police Stormer “does not have any friends or family in the area and had no purpose being there.”

Shank reported Stormer then got out of his vehicle and “got confrontational” by “getting in his face.” Shank told police Stormer said he would “slap him up.”

Shank also told police that he always has knives on him and is “not afraid” of Stormer. He reportedly stated that if Stormer came onto his property, he would not call police, but would “take care of him, drag him to his trash can, and put him in it,” according to the complaint.

The complaint notes police informed Shank he would be receiving charges for terroristic threats and harassment, and Stormer would be receiving charges for harassment.

The following charges were filed against Shank through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on August 24:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another
– Harassment – Course of Conduct With No Legitimate Purpose

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on September 9 with Judge Mizerock presiding.

Court documents indicate one count of summary harassment was filed against 28-year-old Jamey Stormer, of Punxsutawney, through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on August 25.

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