A Pittsburgh man is in custody on burglary, assault and other charges after State College police say he smashed the window of a downtown youth shelter and threatened people inside.
Officers responded to Burrowes Street Youth Haven on Monday about 3:30 p.m. after staff there reported that John Michael Watkins, 20, walked in the building and threatened to kill employees there, police said.
Staff reported that they were familiar with Watkins and managed to calm him down and get him outside. They locked the doors, and Watkins reportedly shattered the window on the door with his fist, causing glass to land on two employees, according to court documents. He was back inside the shelter when police arrived and arrested Watkins, according to police.
Watkins and two employees were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center with lacerations. Staff members had cuts on their heads while Watkins had lacerations on his hand, police said.
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Police said Watkins was upset because Youth Service Bureau employees told his minor girlfriend earlier that day that they were moving her from a downtown apartment they had arranged for her to a more secure facility.
Watkins is also accused of making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He was arraigned before District Judge Leslie Dutchcot Monday and taken to Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12.