Police: Man threatened to kill mother for ‘poisoning’ him with pork

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Pork for dinner? One Pennsylvania man is apparently not a fan. Credit: Wikipedia/Warren Dew

An Elk County man was arrested last week after police said he threatened to kill his mother and her boyfriend because he thought they served him pork for dinner.

Joshua Lee Coffey, 25, allegedly brandished a 10-inch kitchen knife the evening of June 11 and told his mother Sherri Coffey he’d “f–king kill her” after she cooked him what he thought was pork, a forbidden food under Coffey’s Muslim religion.

Officers with the City of St. Marys Police Department responded shortly before 10 p.m. to a home on the 1200 block of East Eschbach Road for a report of a domestic altercation, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Using their spotlights, they found two men in the backyard – later identified as Joshua Lee Coffey and his mother’s boyfriend, Mark Blair.

An officer said he saw a kitchen knife in Coffey’s hand, ordered him to drop the weapon and took the young man into custody without incident.

Further investigation allegedly revealed Mark and Sherri were eating a steak dinner in the home’s upstairs bedroom when Joshua burst into the room, “accusing Sherri of attempting to poison him,” the affidavit states. “Joshua claimed the meat he was given to eat was pork, which was against his Muslim religion.”

The assertion allegedly touched off a verbal altercation during which Joshua threatened to kill both Mark and Sherri.

He then allegedly went downstairs into the kitchen, retrieved the knife and held it “in a threatening manner” above his shoulder, prompting his mother to flee out of the bedroom window and onto the home’s roof.

Investigators said Joshua then held the knife to Mark’s throat and threatened to kill both Mark and Sherri if either of them called police.

Sherri Coffey eventually came back into the home and contacted 911, then fled to a neighbor’s house, according to police.

Coffey is charged with simple assault and making terroristic threats. He was on Wednesday being held at Elk County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Coffey is next due in court June 25 for a preliminary hearing.


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