DuBOIS — A DuBois man has been charged in connection with making threats to police officers as a result of an incident which happened at 10:04 p.m. on Oct. 29 on East Weber Avenue.
John Charles Runyon III, 29, 28 E. Weber Ave., DuBois, has been charged by DuBois City police with three counts each of misdemeanor charges, including making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, assault and disorderly conduct.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Oct. 30 at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office, the city policemen were called to East Weber Avenue for a report of an out of control male. Upon arrival, the police made contact with a woman who reported that Runyon was refusing to give her her children. He was seen on the porch, yelling back at the woman, another woman, with his father next to him, pleading for him to calm down and go inside.
Two of the officers went toward the porch, the affidavit said. Runyon was extremely agitated and irate with the officers, exclaiming he wasn’t giving up his kids and that officers would have to “shoot me.” The police tried to calm the situation, saying it was in everyone’s best interest to cooperate with the officers in finding a peaceful solution.
The affidavit said that Runyon continued to be vulgar and offensive with officers, standing with clenched fists and rocking back and forth. He reportedly said multiple times that he would kill the officers.
The officers requested multiple times that he go inside to calm down but Runyon became increasingly agitated, to the point he started moving towards the officers as another officer was standing at the bottom of the stairs, the affidavit said.
The affidavit said that Runyon was noted to have a knife in his front right pocket, as he became louder and more frantic. He continually yelled he was going to “kill” the police and then took a step towards one of the officers, who deployed his taser, striking Runyon in the chest and stomach. Runyon was turned to his side and the barbs were removed from his body. At that point police recovered a black pocket knife from his right pocket.
Runyon was then escorted to a marked patrol vehicle for transport to the DuBois City Police Department. He remains in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Brian Glass has been scheduled for Nov. 9.