UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — A man from Fayette County is accused of trying to blackmail someone who was having an affair.
Police say Thomas Earl Wingard, Jr., of Uledi, allegedly threatened to expose the extramarital affair unless the victim paid him to keep quiet.READ MORE: Neighbors Want Liquor Control Board To Take Action Against Bar In Carnegie
Investigators say Wingard accused the victim of having a relationship with a woman alleged to be his girlfriend. State Police say Wingard stormed into the home threatening to to smack the victim’s skull with a baseball bat.
Wingard then allegedly took all of the victim’s money – about $120 – and then forced the victim to pay him more than a dozen times to continue hiding the affair.
In all, investigators say Wingard was given about $13,000 over two months.READ MORE: 2 Allegheny County Lawmakers Introduce Plan To Allow Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In State
The victim contacted state police who asked the victim to arrange a meeting with Wingard. After, troopers swept in, arresting Wingard.
He is charged with extortion, theft and robbery, as well as several other felonies.
He is currently free on a $50,000 cash bond.MORE NEWS: Allegheny County Council Approves Plan To Spent Nearly $100 Million From American Rescue Plan
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