Punxsy Man Charged With Stalking Waives Hearing

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A local man waived his hearing Tuesday on stalking and other charges related to an incident at a residence in Punxsutawney Borough.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 21-year-old Austin Whittaker, of Punxsutawney, were waived for court on September 21:

– Stalking – Repeatedly Commit Acts To Cause Fear, Misdemeanor 1
– Defiant Trespass Actual Communication To, Misdemeanor 3

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Whittaker remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $5,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in late August.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:52 a.m. on August 29, Punxsutawney Borough Police were dispatched to a residence on Sutton Street in Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County, and heard two people screaming and yelling at each other when they arrived at the residence.

Police found Austin Whittaker and a known female victim in the residence and asked Whittaker to step outside. Whittaker was trying to leave and was sweating profusely. He was also reportedly very agitated, speaking quickly, and eventually told police he had outstanding traffic warrants and was concerned about going to jail, the complaint states.

Police then spoke to the victim who reported she had thrown Whittaker out of the residence, but he had gotten back inside. The victim told police she believed Whittaker had broken back into the house at the back door, which she noted had a broken lock. She reported he also broke a fan in the living room.

The victim told police she and Whittaker had started arguing from the porch, and she had pulled a knife on him. Police subsequently found the knife on a coffee table, according to the complaint.

When Punxsutawney-based State Police arrived at the scene to assist, Whittaker reportedly stated that the victim “did nothing” and he “did everything.” He then became very agitated and confrontational with the authorities at the scene. He was subsequently handcuffed, the complaint indicates.

When police interviewed the victim again, she reportedly stated the incident began when she and Whittaker were arguing, and she had asked him to leave. She watched him go out the front door and then secured the door, but Whittaker went around the house trying to get in windows, the complaint states.

The victim reported that she went upstairs to a room with air conditioning to cool off and then heard a loud bang, “like a door being shut,” and Whittaker came into the room and “tried to snuggle with her.” When she told Whittaker to get out again, he would not listen to her, and she then pulled a knife and demanded that he leave the residence. She stated that Whittaker tripped over a basket of clothing and fell down several steps. She then followed him down the stairs, continuing to argue, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, the victim said that at one point she screamed for help because Whittaker would not leave or listen to her.

Whittaker was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 2:07 p.m. on August 29.


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