Altoona man faces intimidation count
A city man was detained Friday after allegedly threatening to kill a victim if she appeared for a preliminary hearing, court documents stated.
Adam M. Bodnar, 37, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio for intimidation of witnesses and making terroristic threats, the criminal docket stated.
Court documents state Bodnar was to appear before Dunio Thursday for a preliminary hearing involving strangulation charges from a July 8 incident.
According to police, Bodnar allegedly sent the victim Facebook messages stating he would punch her in the face and kill her if she appeared for the hearing.
The victim did not appear for the hearing, police said, later stating she was “scared for her life to come to court.”
She believed Bodnar would follow through with the threats because he had “followed through with them in the past.”
The mother of the victim provided officers with the threatening Facebook messages Bodnar allegedly sent to the victim, the criminal complaint said.
After being approached by police, Bodnar said he was unaware of the messages, stating he was drunk when he allegedly sent them.
Bodnar was sent to Blair County Prison after being unable to post cash bail of $100,000 for the new charges.
He is to appear before Dunio Aug. 12 for preliminary hearings involving the two cases.