Man charged with threatening to kill his wife
A Summit Hill man has been charged with threatening to kill his wife in front of his child.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Todd Woodward of the Summit Hill Police Department:
At 1:14 p.m. Oct. 30, Woodward was dispatched for a domestic assault in the 300 block of East Fell Street.
A teen called 911 and said Thomas Willis, 36, was threatening to kill her mom and was knocking her down.
Woodward responded and was let inside the home by the caller, who said Willis was upstairs. Woodward could hear him yelling.
Willis saw Woodward at the bottom of the stairs, and Woodward walked out to the front of the home with him.
Willis refused to comply with verbal commands, and while Woodward attempted to handcuff him, Willis swung his right arm toward Woodward’s head in an attempt to strike him.
Willis then picked up a flower pot filled with soil from the porch ledge and threw it at Woodward’s head, then ran. After several warnings to stop, Woodward deployed his Taser, but the contact was unsuccessful.
Willis ran into a wooded area and was unable to be located.
The victim said that Willis told her, “You’re going to get hurt bad,” threatened to kill her, grabbed her face, poked her in the face multiple times with his fingers, choked her neck with his hands, and dragged her to the floor.
While Willis was choking the victim, she stated she began to lose consciousness.
Willis was later located and taken into custody and faces charges of aggravated assault; strangulation; terroristic threats; simple assault; resisting arrest or other law enforcement; and harassment.
He is currently incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail, and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford.