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Child welfare check ends in father's arrest for making threats

Baby was to be placed in foster care for the night

EASTON, Pa. - Authorities allege that an Easton man threatened the police officers and a county employee, who arrived at his home Monday night for a child welfare issue.

Easton police charged Joshua M. Clark with four counts of terroristic threats and a single count of resisting arrest, following his arrest at his North Eighth Street home. District Judge Nicholas Englesson arraigned the 27-year-old Tuesday morning, setting bail at $100,000.

Easton police were dispatched to Clark’s home shortly before 9 p.m. Monday to assist staff from Northampton County’s division of children, youth and families. Clark was being told that his 4-month-old daughter was being placed in foster care for the night. Court records do not indicate why county officials wanted to take the child for the night.

That’s when Clark allegedly yelled at the three police officers, “I am going to get my guns and kill all of you,” according to court records. He also allegedly told a county employee that he was “going to get my FN with his 100 round magazine” and kill her, according to records.

As he was told that he was under arrest, Clark allegedly pulled away from officers and flailed his arms and legs. Police eventually took him to the ground and forcefully handcuffed him.

Clark failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 21.

Clark’s criminal history dates to 2009 and includes convictions for reckless endangerment, simple assault, harassment, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent deliver.

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