Crime

Bellefonte man faces new charges in assault investigation

A man incarcerated at Centre County Correctional Facility faces new charges after a two-year police investigation stemming from an incident in August 2013 in which he is accused of threatening the life of a pregnant woman and hitting her with a gun.

Larry Powell, 27, of Bellefonte, is charged with making terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, false imprisonment — all misdemeanors — and a summary harassment charge. The incident began when police said Powell picked up the woman to take her to a doctor’s appointment but took her to his apartment instead.

State College and Bellefonte police suspect Powell of pointing a “rifle or shotgun” at the woman in the home, threatening to kill her and at one point, striking her in the head with it, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman told police she managed to get Powell to drive her into State College when his car broke down, according to police. She tried to flee, but Powell reportedly caught her and brought her back once before she was able to free herself and flag down a ride, police said.

State College Lt. Keith Robb said investigating officers weren’t able to gather sufficient evidence to bring charges against Powell then, but officers continued to work with the woman and obtained a protection from abuse order for her.

Powell has been in custody since May 2014, when he violated the PFA by contacting the woman and was arrested on separate charges of making terroristic threats and harassment, documents indicate.

He incurred those charges after he was accused of repeatedly calling and threatening to kill a woman, according to court documents. Powell pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to a six to 231/2 months in county jail in November. He was given an additional six-month sentence for being in contempt of court for violating the PFA.

Police monitored phone conversations Powell had from prison since then and were able to file charges from the 2013 incident when Powell reportedly spoke about holding the woman against her will and threatening her, Robb said.

An arraignment on the new charges is scheduled before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

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