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March 21, 2014

Hillsville man accused of rampage

NEW CASTLE — A Hillsville man is in the Lawrence County jail after allegedly threatening two people and damaging property.

Mahoning Township charged Ian Pitts-williams, 23, of 46 Churchill Road with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and two counts each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson and jailed on $25,000 bond.

According to police, Pitts-williams forced his way into a house in the 3000 block of Churchill Road at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday saying he had nowhere to stay.

When occupants told him he could not stay, police said, Pitts-williams allegedly seized a kitchen knife and threatened to kill both occupants who told police they locked themselves into a room.

In their report, officers said Pitts-williams allegedly damaged drywall and household appliances. Outside, two vehicles in the driveway were vandalized, officers said. Four tires were cut and every window was broken on one car and two tires were cut on the other vehicle.

Police said they found a bent kitchen knife next to one of the cars.

Police from Bessemer, and North Beaver and Pulaski townships assisted in looking for Pitts-williams and he was found and arrested Wednesday.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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