Irwin man jailed for allegedly harassing ex-girlfriend and male acquaintance |

Irwin man jailed for allegedly harassing ex-girlfriend and male acquaintance

Paul Peirce

An Irwin man remained in jail Monday following his arrest over the weekend for allegedly stalking a former girlfriend and attempting to run over her new boyfriend outside her North Huntingdon home, according to police.

Township police charged Bernard J. Butler, 62, with burglary, stalking, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, simple assault, defiant trespass and two counts of harassment.

A district judge ordered Butler be held in the Westmoreland County Prison after he failed to post $5,000 bail.

The woman, who lives along Clay Pike, called police after she saw Butler park his vehicle nearby, then attempt to force his way into her home around 12:30 p.m. Saturday and “confront her male guest,” Officer Jay Kettren reported in court documents.

The victim told police a neighbor confronted Butler, but he returned a short time later driving a van “and began throwing (some of the victim’s) belongings into her yard,” Kettren reported. When a male acquaintance attempted to intercede, Butler threatened to run him over, the officer stated.

Butler stepped on the accelerator, Kettren reported. The man attempted to “dive out of the way, but Butler’s van struck him in the right leg,” the officer wrote. Kettren said Butler then fled the scene.

The man did not require medical treatment, police said.

Butler was located Sunday and arraigned Monday.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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