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Police: Drunken bar patron brandishes box cutter

He was asked to leave a Slate Belt bar Saturday

PEN ARGYL, Pa. - A Pike County man is facing assault charges after he allegedly started swinging a box cutter after being asked to leave a Slate Belt bar.

Slate Belt Regional police charged Thomas S. Ontek with aggravated assault, public drunkenness and related offenses following his arrest early Saturday morning outside the Slate Hotel and Pub in Pen Argyl. District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez arraigned the 42-year-old, setting bail at $75,000.

Police were dispatched to the bar at 509 E. Main Street about 2 a.m. to investigate a fight involving a knife. An officer with the Washington Township Police Department, which assisted on the call, apprehended Ontek and confiscated a box cutter, according to court records.

A security guard told police that he ordered Ontek out of the bar that night. That’s when he allegedly pulled out the box cutter and began swinging it at the victim, threatening to cut the security guard and kill him, according to records.

Ontek was taken to the hospital for evaluation after claiming he had been injured during the altercation with security. He allegedly told police that he was drunk having been “out all night drinking,” according to records.

Police charged Ontek, of Greene Township in Pike County, with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment, disorderly conduct, possession of an offensive weapon and public drunkenness.

He was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post bail. Ontek’s next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 1.

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