Competency hearing held for York man accused of threatening 911 dispatchers, officers

YORK – Charles Joseph, 54, of York, was charged late last year with two counts of terroristic threats and resisting arrest after repeatedly calling 911, threatening dispatchers and officers. Then, months later,  he was accused of six new counts, unrelated to the first case, involving the alleged assault of officers, more terroristic threats, abuse of a vulnerable adult, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and obstructing a police officer.

This past week, a competency hearing was held in York County District Court. In early April, he was first determined to be incompetent to stand trial, based on recommendations made by a doctor at the Lincoln Regional Center.

In the first case, he was accused of non-stop calling the emergency communications center, reporting that his cell phone would not work and he demanded law enforcement fix his phone. He also allegedly told dispatchers he was going to “kick her a**” and “if he did not get what he wanted, he was going to kill people,” according to court documents.

Officers went to his apartment in the 200 Block of North Lincoln Avenue with the intention of arresting him for terroristic threats. It is alleged Joseph began pushing back from the cruiser, refusing to go inside and struggling with officers. It is also alleged that while at the York County Jail, Joseph continued to make threats against the officers and jail staff, saying he had “family in Hells Angels and was going to have them take (the officers) out.”

In the first case, Joseph earlier pleaded not guilty.

In the second case, he is charged with six counts – three felonies and three misdemeanors. It is alleged he assaulted two police officers. No other details about this new case are yet available in court records. A not guilty plea has also been entered in that case.

The York County Public Defender’s office asked for Joseph to be evaluated, to determine if he is competent. The court agreed and continues to monitor his competence after the initial determination he is unable to stand trial at this time.


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