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June 6, 2014

Man charged in hammer threats

NEW CASTLE — A man accused of threatening New Castle police and others with a hammer has been arrested.

Police have charged 32-year-old Jason Paul Jenista of 506 8th St. in connection with the incident that allegedly occurred around 11:30 p.m. May 30 at a house in the 300 block of Phillips Street.

Police said they were called to the house regarding a man having been stabbed. They found Jenista lying on the floor screaming and smashing ceramic figurines against an end table. When officers entered, he allegedly picked up a hammer and threatened one of them with it.

An officer drew his gun and ordered Jenista to throw down the hammer, according to a police report.

Police said they noticed blood on Jenista’s leg and an apparent stab wound on his left thigh. They reported that he had to be physically restrained while ambulance personnel treated him at the scene, and he struggled and fought with them and a police officer.

Jenista then grabbed the officer’s flashlight and threatened to harm him and the medical personnel, police said, and the officer deployed his Taser at Jenista multiple times until he released the flashlight.

Jenista was taken to Jameson Hospital where he received several stitches to his wounds. He was then taken to the city police station.

Witnesses told police that they had been in an argument earlier with Jenista and he picked up a hammer and threatened to kill and beat one of them with it, police reported.

A woman said she stepped between them and Jenista hit her with the hammer multiple times in the thigh and hip, shouting that he was going to beat her up, she told police.

She said she picked up a knife out of self defense and stabbed Jenista in the left leg, and he stopped hitting her and fell to the floor. She said she then called police.

Jenista is charged with two counts of simple assault and one count each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, harassment and criminal mischief.

He was arraigned Saturday by District Judge David B. Rishel and committed to jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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