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Man gets ARD in gun threat

July 11, 2018 News Extra

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Austin Newell of Rillton, Westmoreland County, charged with pointing loaded gun at SRU student.

A Westmoreland County man was placed into the county Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program Wednesday, after being charged with pointing a loaded handgun at a Slippery Rock University student in January.

Austin J. Newell, 21, of Rillton, was placed into the program on 18 months on probation, and ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment, pay restitution and complete 50 hours of community service.

Newell was charged with misdemeanor terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, and summary counts of harassment and public drunkenness after the incident at University Village at Slippery Rock in Slippery Rock Township on Jan. 28.

State police said Newell was intoxicated when he pulled the gun during an argument.

A security guard at the apartment complex told police that he was walking his rounds shortly after midnight when he heard two men shouting, according to court documents.Moments later the guard came upon Newell and told him to drop his gun. The defendant complied, police said, and surrendered to the guard.

Police said the victim reported that while walking with his girlfriend through the courtyard, Newell and another man passed, and the woman told the boyfriend that she felt the other male with Newell touch her back.

The man confronted Newell and his companion, when Newell pulled the gun, police said, pointing it at the man.

Newell claimed he couldn't recall if he drew the gun, police said.

Read more about this case in the Butler Eagle.

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