Case Moves Forward Against Rimersburg Man Charged With Assaulting Victim, Threatening to Kill Him, Burn His Car –

January 8, 2022 by No Comments

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – The case against a Rimersburg man who allegedly broke into a victim’s house, assaulted him, and threatened to kill him and burn his car moved forward in court on Tuesday.

Court documents indicate the following charge against 51-year-old John A Hayward were waived for court on Tuesday, January 4, 2022:

– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

– Defiant Trespass Actual Communication To, Misdemeanor 3

– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (two counts)

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

A formal arraignment is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 9 in front of Judge Sara J. Seidle-Patton.

Hayward remains free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that took place in early November 2021.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on November 4, 2021, a known victim contacted New Bethlehem Borough Police to report an assault. He stated that John “Mel” Hayward showed up at his Rimersburg Borough home, knocked on the door, and “demanded his car parts back.”

According to the victim, he gave Hayward the parts he was referencing, and Hayward then demanded money, as well. The victim said that he didn’t owe him any money and attempted to close his residence door, but Hayward reportedly kicked and shoved the door open, overpowering him, according to the complaint.

Hayward then reportedly grabbed the victim, placed him in a headlock, and threatened to burn his car and kill him, The victim was able to push Hayward outside and escape the headlock, the complaint notes.

A known woman then arrived at the scene, and she told Hayward to leave. Hayward reportedly responded by pushing the woman. The victim indicated Hayward then told him again that he was going to “burn his car and kill him,” and then left the scene, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, the victim suffered visible contusions on his nose and elbow from the physical altercation with Hayward.

Hayward was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller at 2:40 p.m. on November 23, 2021.

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