State College man accused of pointing pistol at person’s head

A State College man was charged with reckless endangerment Tuesday after allegedly pointing a pistol at a person’s head.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, the alleged victim was invited to a friend’s house at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on West Irvin Avenue. Nicholas Schneider, 23 — a resident at the address — was upset the alleged victim was there due to a “prior interaction.”

Schneider allegedly went to his bedroom and retrieved a 9 mm pistol and told the alleged victim to leave the residence, the complaint said. When the alleged victim didn’t immediately leave, Schneider pointed the gun at his head.

As the alleged victim left the residence and was outdoors, Schneider allegedly fired a round from the pistol, the complaint said. The alleged victim fled the area.

Schneider first said he fired the round into the ground, the complaint said, but later said he fired it into the air.

He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and disorderly conduct. A preliminary hearing is slated for July 6.