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Man in armed standoff waives right to hearing
Friday, November 23, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield man involved in the armed standoff with police last week waived his right to a preliminary hearing at Wednesday's session of Centralized Court
Peter Cain Jr., 43, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault; four counts of assault of law enforcement officer; six counts of simple assault-attempt by menace; terroristic threats-cause serious public inconvenience; six counts of terroristic threat with intent to terrorize another; discharge firearm into occupied structure; six counts of recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief/damage to property intentionally or negligently.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Nov. 14, at 4:46 a.m. Clearfield Borough police officers Ralph Nedza and Kem Parada were dispatched to 77 Spruce Grove Lane for a domestic incident. It was reported that Cain was threatening to shoot a woman and anyone who came onto his porch.
Upon arrival, police asked for backup from the state police and spoke with the woman outside, who said Cain became intoxicated and they got into an argument when he attempted to get into a vehicle and she stopped him.
He then threatened to shoot her and her nephew and she said he had a rifle and possibly a handgun inside the home.
Two state troopers, Christopher Pifer and Jared Wolfe arrived and the four officers surrounded the home and began gathering information to make contact with him. Officers could see Cain through the windows pacing inside his home holding what appeared to be a rifle while talking on a cell phone. He could be heard yelling into the cell phone that he "wasn't scared to do it," and "he'll shoot if he has to."
After attempting to reach him on his cell phone, police used the loudspeaker in the patrol car to communicate with him.
Pifer and Wolfe were communicating with Cain verbally but Cain was very aggressive verbally saying he would shoot anyone who comes in his door. Wolfe asked Cain to drop his weapons and come outside where they could hear each other better.
Meanwhile Nedza and Pifer began evacuating the trailer park.
During the evacuations, police could hear three distinct shots. Pifer again asked Cain to drop his weapons and come outside.
Cain responded by shouting he had 15 rounds in his gun and wanted to know what they were going to do about it and returned back inside.
After about 10-15 minutes Cain leaned out his door with his hands in the air and said he wasn't holding any weapons and didn't want to get shot but didn't want to come out until he got a chance to speak with his friend "Al." He did this several times.
He later held out in his hand what appeared to be the barrel of a disassembled weapon shouting that he didn't have a gun anymore and had broken it.
He then tossed the barrel onto the porch and what appeared to be the stock portion of the weapon.
He then asked if he could come outside and smoke.
He was later led off the porch to meet with his friend Al Maddas who had arrived on scene.
After several minutes Cain returned to the officers waiting on the porch and told them he was ready to go.
Police discovered five empty shell casings and documented a bullet hole in a neighbor's trailer at 83 Spruce Grove, coming from the direction of Cain's trailer.
Cain surrendered at approximately 6:35 a.m., according to a previous article in The Progress.
Cain is incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $100,000 straight bail.
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