Man Accused of ‘Risking Catastrophe’ at Clarion County Jail

| May 6, 2018

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Strattanville man is facing risking catastrophe and related charges stemming from an incident that occurred at the Clarion County Jail.

According to court documents, Clarion County Detective William Peck IV filed the following criminal charges against 26-year-old Daniel J. Pompa:

– Risking Catastrophe, Felony 3
– Institutional Vandalism, Misdemeanor 2
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2

According to a criminal complaint, on April 17, Deputy Warden Sprankle of the Clarion County Jail notified Detective Peck that on April 12 inmate Daniel Pompa was involved in an incident at the jail in D Block, Cell Number 206.

Sprankle said that corrections officers responded to a fire alarm in D Block. When one of the officers entered the block, he noticed a strong odor of smoke that smelled like burnt plastic. The correction officer made contact with inmate Pompa and a known inmate in Cell Number 206. The correction officer noticed the toilet paper holder was hot to the touch and had burnt “soot” residue on it.

Inmate Pompa was searched, and his pants were unrolled at the bottom and a playing card fell out with black burnt soot on the card. A search of the cell was conducted, and tattoo paraphernalia was found including stencils, the complaint states.

On April 19, Detective Peck met with Pompa at the Clarion County Jail. Pompa was read his Miranda rights, and he agreed to an interview. Pompa admitted that he tampered with a light in his cell and manipulated the wires to create a heat source, burning toilet paper to make “soot” so that he could make jailhouse tattoos, according to the complaint.

Pompa allegedly lost control of the situation which created intense heat and smoke which caused the fire alarm to go off.

The burnt toilet paper and tattoo paraphernalia were seized and logged into evidence at the Clarion County DA’s office.

Pompa was arraigned at 3:29 p.m. on May 1 in Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill’s office.

His bail was set at $25,000.00 monetary.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on May 8.

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