Hearing for Franklin Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Police Chief Scheduled for Wednesday

| January 20, 2020

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man is facing a hearing on Wednesday regarding an incident in which he allegedly struggled with police during an arrest and then threatened to kill the chief of police.

According to court documents, 41-year-old Wade E. Geer is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

He faces the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the Franklin area in early December.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on December 12, 2019, Lieutenant Baker, of the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department, was advised that Wade E. Geer, who was wanted by a state constable, was seen inside the Wyattville Store.

Chief Bob Wenner and Lieutenant Baker then proceeded to the scene, where they were told Geer had left on a bicycle headed in the direction of his home. The officers then proceeded to Geer’s residence, where they saw a bicycle in the front yard.

Lieutenant Baker knocked on the door of the residence, and heard dogs barking inside, but no one answered the door. Chief Wenner then proceeded to the rear of the house where the complaint notes he saw Geer inside.

According to the complaint, Lieutenant Baker then tried the front door handle and found it unlocked, but he was unable to open it because of a dog trying to get out. Lieutenant Baker then yelled for Wade to come to the door and stated that Chief Wenner had seen him inside.

Geer allegedly replied, stating “I’m not coming out.”

The complaint notes after a short amount of time passed, Geer did open the door but was on a cell phone and stated he was calling his workplace. Lieutenant Baker then told Geer to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Geer allegedly turned but only placed on hand behind his back.

According to the complaint, as Lieutenant Baker was placing a handcuff on Geer’s left arm, Geer began to jerk away, and Chief Wenner then grabbed his right arm. Geer was then pushed onto a pile of lumber and junk on his porch as Lieutenant Baker yelled for Geer to give the officers his hand. Geer allegedly jerked his hand away and began yelling “I’m going to f***** kill you,” repeatedly.

Chief Wenner then “sprayed” Geer, and Geer submitted to being handcuffed, according to the complaint.

The complaint noted that while the officers were transporting Geer, he stated, “You didn’t have to spray me.” Then, after being told he shouldn’t have resisted and made threats, Geer allegedly stated, “I wouldn’t kill you, Baker. It was that f****** Wenner.”

Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on Tuesday, December 17.


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