Man jailed for alleged threats to daughter of his girlfriend

A Hollidaysburg man faces charges after state police say he threatened to kill his girlfriend’s daughter.

Joseph G. Bertres, 32, was arrested Wednesday by state police at a family member’s home and booked on a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats and jailed after failing to post bail.

Troopers were dispatched to a home on the 200 block of Three Lakes Road in Franks­town Township about 3:30 p.m. after Bertres’ girlfriend called to report he had threatened to kill her daughter if she wasn’t removed from the home, according to charges filed by state police.

Initially, state police could not get into the home, and the girlfriend was found hiding in the basement. She told state police she got a call from Bertres, who was at work, and he said he was going to kill her daughter if he found her.

When troopers spoke to Bertres, he told them there had been an argument and he called his girlfriend and told her “something bad is going to happen” if she didn’t remove her daughter from the house.

Bertres had blood on his hand from punching the dashboard of the pickup truck he was driving, and state police noted there were two rifles on the back seat.

Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller at $20,000 cash, and Bertres was lodged in Blair County Prison to await his preliminary hearing on Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner.

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