ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he threatened his mother with a 10-inch kitchen knife because he believed she was trying to “poison” him with pork in violation of his Muslim beliefs.
Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Coffey, of St. Marys, faces a July 2 preliminary hearing on charges of terroristic threats and simple assault.
Coffey’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday to comment on the charges reported by The (Dubois) Courier-Express.
A police complaint says Coffey’s mother and another man were eating steak on June 11 when Coffey “claimed the meat he was given to eat was pork, which was against his Muslim religion.”
Police say the woman climbed out a bedroom window onto a roof after Coffey pulled the knife, which he allegedly held to the man’s throat before police arrived.