Penn Twp. man remains jailed for alleged assault, fire threat
A district justice did not reduce the $250,000 bond for a Penn Township man who waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges of assaulting his neighbor and planning to set her home on fire.
Kevin A. Johnson, 35, was taken to the office of District Judge Helen Kistler from the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield, where he has been incarcerated since his Dec. 13 arrest.
Township police charged Johnson with attempted homicide, attempted arson and related counts.
Defense attorney Michael DeMatt said no plea deal was reached Tuesday and no reduction in Johnson's $250,000 bond was sought.
Police said Johnson, who allegedly doused his neighbor's porch and sport utility vehicle with gasoline but had not ignited the fuel, surrendered when officers arrived.
Johnson is accused of striking a pregnant woman in the stomach and head-butting a man in the home. The two were not injured, police said.
Johnson's court arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 12.
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