Police arrest 3rd man in dog shootings

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CLEARFIELD, Pa (WTAJ) — State Police report that they have arrested the third man they were looking for in a case where the three men shot a woman’s dog after they showed up at her house in the middle of the night.

James Potts, 18, of Fallentimber has been arrested and charged while State Police have already arrested Joseph Brown, 23, of Fallentimber and William Cochran, 33, of Coalport.


Charges come after the three men allegedly went to a home on Oak Ridge Road in Jordan Township after 1 a.m. on September 5, with bandanas covering their faces. Potts reportedly held a shotgun at the woman living there when she released the two dogs for her protection. The release states Potts then shot and killed both dogs.


On October 2, 2019, police reportedly interviewed a witness who reported they saw the shooting and indicated that the three men said to “keep your mouth shut or we’ll hurt you and your family.”

On Monday, October 21, charges were filed and warrants put out for the arrest of the three men.


On October 21, 2019, Trooper Matthew Peacock, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks filed Criminal Complaints charging Potts with: 1) Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, F3; 2) Terroristic Threats, M1; 3) Simple Assault, M2; 4) Recklessly Endangering Another Person, M2; 5) Intimidation of Witness, M2; 6) Cruelty to Animals, M2; and 7) Criminal Conspiracy to Commit these Offenses.

Similar Complaints were filed against Cochran and Brown charging: 1) Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, F3; 2) Conspiracy to Commit Terroristic Threats, M1; 3) Conspiracy to Commit Simple Assault, M2; 4) Conspiracy to Commit Recklessly Endangering Another Person, M2; 5) Conspiracy to Commit Cruelty to Animals, M2; 6) and Intimidation of Witness, M2.

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