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Police: Man Drank All Day, Threatened Wife

Mark Gibbons, 49, faces multiple charges.

A Havertown man was arrested over the weekend after he threatened and possibly assaulted his wife, Haverford Township Police are reporting.

Mark Gibbons, 49, faces charges of simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats, and public drunkenness stemming from the September 23 incident.

According to court documents, officers were dispatched to Gibbons’ Brookview Lane home at 12:46 a.m. that evening. When police arrived, Gibbons and his wife and son were standing on the lawn.

Gibbons was visibly intoxicated—he, according to the affidavit of probable cause, swore at the police when they pulled up—and his wife was distraught. She explained to the officers that her husband had been drinking all day at a block party, and when he returned home they had an argument over his letting the dog out of the house without a leash.

While she was doing the dishes, her story went, he picked up a dish and said, “You know how this is going to end.” She took this as a threat and called her son into the room. (She later told police that, based on prior experience, she feared he would throw the dish at her.)

Gibbons then began yelling at his son and, when he tried to leave, followed him out of the house.

By the time police arrived, they determined the situation was in of control and consented, after getting the wife’s approval, to letting Gibbons “sleep it off" at the house. As they were leaving however, the officers heard yelling coming from inside the home.

“Get out of my face…let me go…get away from me,” the officers said they heard the wife scream. They ran inside and found Gibbons standing in front of a walk-in closet, blocking his wife's exit.

Gibbons was taken into custody, arraigned that morning, and released after posting bail. He faces preliminary hearing on October 25.

FRANKW September 26, 2012 at 01:15 PM
This is why, I don't like block parties....
cast4 September 27, 2012 at 01:19 AM
A real winner here.

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