Punxsy Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Kill, Bury Victim in Backyard Scheduled to Appear in Court

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man accused of intentionally rear-ending another vehicle during a violent altercation in Bell Township is scheduled to appear in court next month.

According to court documents, 42-year-old Joseph Allen Edwards, of Punxsutawney, will appear before District Judge Douglas Chambers at 9:30 a.m. on September 26 on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2 (three counts)
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (three counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (three counts)
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (three counts)
– Following Too Closely, Summary
– Careless Driving, Summary
– Reckless Driving, Summary
– Operating Vehicle W/O Valid Inspection, Summary

On July 14, Edwards was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $50,000.00 monetary bail. His bail was posted on July 21 by a professional bondsman.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, the incident occurred on Thursday, July 13, as Joseph Allen Edwards attempted to resume a verbal argument with two victims and a juvenile. Edwards began a verbal argument with the victims in his brother-in-law’s driveway where he allegedly threatened to kill the male victim and bury him in his backyard.

The female tried to drive away down Cloe Cherry Street and called her mother because she didn’t know which way to go. She then went and turned around at the old ice cream store at the corner of Route 36 and Cloe Rossiter Road. At this point, Edwards got into his white 1996 Chevy Blazer and began to follow the victims and the juvenile, the complaint indicates.

As the victims began to turn in the parking lot, Edwards allegedly shouted that he “was going to rear end their (expletive) car, and he didn’t care if there’s a kid in the back seat,” according to the complaint.

The victims started to travel toward Punxsutawney on Route 36. the female victim slowed down and thought that Edwards was going to stop, but he didn’t. Edwards allegedly began to accelerate and intentionally struck the rear of their Chevy Cavalier with his Blazer, the complaint states.

After hitting the car, Joseph Edwards’ wife, 27-year-old Amanda Edwards, and his brother-in-law, 25-year-old Justin Wendale Mock, arrived in a separate vehicle and allegedly began a physical altercation with the victim, the complaint continues.

The victims were identified as a known 27-year-old Indiana man, a known 22-year-old Vandergrift woman, and a known two-year-old Vandergrift girl.

Amanda Edwards’ preliminary hearing on scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 6 in front of Judge Chambers on the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Mock’s case is closed after he pleaded guilty on August 22 to harassment and paid $361.00 in fines and court costs.


Jefferson County Man Allegedly Threatens to Kill Victim, Bury Him in Backyard

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