A Muhlenberg Township man wielded a knife, threatening a constable who was serving him with an eviction notice Wednesday afternoon, police said.
According to police:
Officers were called to a home in the 3900 block of Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road about 3:20 p.m. for a report of a man with a knife.
A state constable told officers that he was attempting to serve an eviction notice to Damon Hoppe Pilat, 27. When the constable entered Hoppe Pilat’s home, Hoppe Pilat told him that he wasn’t going to leave and went upstairs.
After a few minutes Hoppe Pilat returned, holding a large kitchen knife and pointed it at the constable. The constable told police that he feared for his safety so he drew his firearm.
Hoppe Pilat went back upstairs, and the constable called police for assistance.
Before police arrived, Hoppe Pilat came back downstairs. He still had the knife in his hand and displayed it in a threatening manner as he walked toward the constable. The constable retreated outside, and Hoppe Pilat followed, tucking the knife into the waistband of his pants.
When police arrived, they saw Hoppe Pilat walking around with the knife in his hand. One officer drew his firearm, and a second drew his Taser.
Police ordered Hoppe Pilat to drop the weapon and he refused, tucking it back into his waistband. Officers grabbed Hopped Pilat and tackle him, disarming him and placing him in handcuffs.
Hoppe Pilat is charged with aggravated and simple assault, possessing an instrument of crime and disorderly conduct.
He was arraigned in Reading Central Court before District Judge Ann L. Young and placed in Berks County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Source: Berkshire mont