Man Accused of Threatening Cranberry Township Man with Gun Waives Hearing

| June 14, 2018

GavelCRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A man accused of threatening a Cranberry Township man with a pistol after being refused permission to camp on his property waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

According to court documents, on Wednesday, June 13, the following charges against 23-year-old Forrest Gabriel Lee, of Meadville, were waived for court:

– Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 1
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Terroristic Threats Cause Serious Public Inconvenience, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct-Unreasonable Noise, Misdemeanor 3
– Loitering And Prowling At Night Time, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
– Driving While Operator Privilege Suspended Or Revoked, Summary

Charges have been transferred to the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

One count of second-degree felony aggravated assault was withdrawn on June 13.

Lee remains lodged in the Venango County Jail after being denied bail as a threat to society.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 12:21 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, Troopers Miller and Kephart responded to a residence on U.S. 322 for a report of an unknown male driving a silver car on the property with a gun making threats toward a known man.

The victim reported that he encountered a white male in a flannel shirt who at first had his hands up in the air, one holding a flashlight and one holding a black pistol the size of a 9mm, while a second man stood near the trunk of the car.

The victim stated that the man asked if they could camp in the woods, to which he responded no, they could not. The victim reported the man then pointed the gun at him and made threats against his life. When the victim went inside to call the police, the men fled.

Around 1:04 a.m., Troopers Miller and Kephart were inside a convenience store in Franklin when Trooper Kephart noticed an individual wearing a flannel shirt.

Trooper Kephart then went outside and found a silver car with another occupant, later identified as Damon Dee Olson, in the passenger seat.

While outside, the man in the flannel shirt identified himself as Forest Lee and stated they were from Meadville and were looking for a place to camp. Lee also said they stopped at a person’s house and asked him if they could stay. He said when they were told no, they left.

Upon a search of the vehicle, police found a Highpoint C9 9mm handgun in the glovebox. A glass smoking pipe was also found on Lee’s person.


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