Lucinda man faces firearms, assault, endangerment charges

Clarion News Writer

Joseph Robert Eugene Parsons, 26, Lucinda, faces charges after he allegedly used a firearm to threaten a known female victim Nov. 22 in Knox Township.

State Tpr. Scott I. Yockey responded to a domestic dispute between Parsons and a known female victim.

Parsons allegedly became violent and started yelling after encountering the victim attempting to move out of their residence. Parsons allegedly smashed the victim’s phone when she attempted to call her mother.

The victim alleged Parsons grabbed her face during their dispute and pushed her up against a wall. She was allegedly able to leave the residence and contacted known relatives of Parsons from a neighbor’s house.

Parsons was allegedly outside yelling across the street when his relatives arrived, at which point the victim went back into the house to get keys. The victim alleged Parsons and his relatives were upset with her because she also called the police.

The victim allegedly went upstairs to get away from Parsons after re-entering the house. Parsons allegedly chased her down the stairs and smashed several items. He also allegedly retrieved a Taurus .380 from the kitchen counter, loaded it and aimed it at the victim while yelling and calling her names

One of Parsons’ relatives allegedly wrestled the firearm away from Parsons. The victim’s parents arrived, and the relative allegedly gave the Taurus 380 to one of them. The relative allegedly removed a Remington 870 and a Beeman Air Rifle from the house and placed them in his car. He advised state police he removed a firearm from Parsons’ possession.

While sitting in a patrol car, Parsons asked a state trooper with what he would be charged. The trooper said Parsons would be charged with making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, at least.

Parsons alleged he should have shot the victim.

Parsons was charged with two counts of possessing a firearm illegally, a second-degree felony; making terroristic threats, a first-degree misdemeanor; simple assault and reckless endangerment, both second-degree misdemeanors; and harassment, a summary offense. He is currently being held in Clarion County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.