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Monongahela son, father charged in 3 separate incidents

| Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 1:51 a.m.
Joseph Munger
Drake Munger

A Monongahela man accused of restraining two juveniles July 6 at the Noble J. Dick Aquatorium is facing additional charges.

The second set of charges was filed after Drake Matthew Munger, 19, of 464 E. Main St., Apt. 8, appeared for a preliminary hearing Aug. 8 in Monongahela — allegedly in possession of a knife-like weapon police described as a “shank.”

In the initial case, Munger is charged with unlawful restraint-serious bodily injury, false imprisonment, possession of an instrument of crime, offensive weapons, threat to commit crime, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson, Munger was found at the “aquatorium” with two male juveniles he claimed were breaking into vehicles.

One of the boys told police that Munger, who arrived by bicycle, accused him of breaking into vehicles and told him he couldn't leave. Munger allegedly pulled out a silver knife and slashed the rear tire on the boy's bicycle.

After police arrested Munger, they allegedly found him to be in possession of the silver knife, two additional pocket knives, and four Chinese-style throwing stars.

The other boy told police he was present when Munger stole the bicycle Munger was riding. Police said the owner identified the bike, although it was missing parts and was a different color.

Munger was arraigned by Wilson on July 6 and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility. He was released after posting $5,000 bond.

When Munger appeared for the Aug. 8 hearing, state Trooper John Peters — there on another case — allegedly saw Munger shove a weapon into his waistband before entering Wilson's office.

Peters asked Munger to step outside, where he found the “shank.”

The weapon was turned over to Monongahela police Sgt. Dennis Mendicino, who was directed by Wilson to arrest Munger.

In the second case, Munger was charged with disorderly conduct and offensive weapons. He was arraigned and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bond.

Preliminary hearings for the two cases are scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Wednesday before Wilson.

Father charged

Munger's father, Joseph J. Munger, 47, of 464 East Main St. was charged with witness intimidation related with Drake Munger's original case.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, one of the juvenile victims in Drake Munger's case was standing outside Wilson's office Aug. 8.

Joseph Munger allegedly approached the boy and told him “to remember what he told him to say at the hearing or bad things will happen.”

The juvenile and his father provided police with a written statement detailing the confrontation.

The boy allegedly had been contacted by Joseph Munger several weeks prior to the hearing and was told “not to tell the judge anything,” according to the affidavit.

Joseph Munger was arraigned Aug. 9 before Wilson and placed in the county lockup. He was released after posting $25,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing before Wilson 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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