Robert Paul Pfahler II , 31, of Pine Ave. in Altoona faces multiple charges after reportedly threatening to kill his girlfriend, an Antis Twp. resident Saturday.
Pfahler reportedly wanted to take their two children to Maryland to visit an ailing relative. With no custody order in place, Pfahler’s girlfriend reportedly denied the request.
At that point, Pfahler allegedly became enraged and sent numerous threatening text messages, including: “Your [sic.] dead,” “I’m coming,” “I don’t care I will die,” and “I’m taking it and everyone else with me.”
State Police arrived at the victim’s residence around 10:30 a.m. Pfahler had reportedly already driven past once and then pulled into the driveway, but fled prior to police arrival.
Police took photos of the threatening messages. State Police asked for assistance by Altoona Police, who located and detained Pfahler at his residence. Pfahler admitted that the phone number that sent the messages was his, but reportedly told police that he was texting while driving and the message was auto-corrected. According to Pfahler, the message should have said, “I’m dead.”
Pfahler told police that he drove past the victim’s residence, but advised that he drove on the roadway to go to a cemetery. He reportedly said that he had no reason to send the messages other than “he had a mental breakdown and wanted to see his kids,” according to police.
Pfahler faces misdemeanor charges for terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct, and a summary charges for driving while license is suspended or revoked and for texting while driving.
He was arraigned October 5 by an on-call magisterial district judge and was placed on $15,000 unsecured bail with domestic violence conditions. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 22 at 10 a.m. before MDJ Fred Miller.