Westfield Borough Police have filed three cases against William Edward “John” Perry Sr., 50, Westfield, alleging that he threatened a woman and a police officer with weapons. Bail is set at $25,000 in one case and $7,500 in another.
Sgt. Andrew Adams filed the first case: one count each of terroristic threats and harassment. Chief Dale Niles then charged Perry with one count each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats, and in the final case charged him with one count each of intimidation of a witness/victim and terroristic threats. Perry waived his preliminary hearing in all three cases.
On Monday, July 15, Sgt. Adams investigated a complaint. A woman alleged that Perry came into her home through an unlocked door looking for her roommate. When she said the roommate was not there and told him to leave, Perry reportedly threatened her by unsheathing a sword 6-8 inches. He allegedly said he would use the sword on her the next time he visited.
On Wednesday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m., Chief Niles served papers to Perry concerning the July 15 incident. He also served a paper concerning a bail revocation hearing, stemming from charges filed in 2012. In that case, Perry is accused of one count each of harassment and terroristic threats. That case was scheduled for a jury trial on July 23, but the trial was cancelled and Perry’s previous bail was revoked July 19.
At about 4:30 p.m., Perry reportedly walked toward Niles’ car, calling him derogatory names. Perry was reportedly wearing a large knife and carrying a cane. At 7:40 p.m., Perry reportedly put the cane between his legs and made a lewd gesture at Niles.
At 8 p.m., Niles received a complaint from the victim in the July 15 incident. At the scene, three witnesses said that Perry had been there and threatened to harm the victim if she appeared in court. Niles called an Elkland Borough Police Officer for backup and, after Perry initially refused to follow commands, the police arrested him.
When Niles had Perry in his car at 9:18 p.m., Perry reportedly made multiple threats, including:
“I am going to punch you and drive your nose into the back of your head.”
“I am going to take that 45 out of your holster and dump all nine into you.”
“It will be worth 5-10 and then when I get out of prison I will come look you up.”
Niles said those comments alarm him because Perry knows where he lives and walks by several times per day.
Perry was released on bail July 30. His trial from the 2012 incident has not been rescheduled. He is scheduled for arraignment in the other cases on Aug. 26 before the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas.