Police: Bellefonte man threatened to kill female with machete

Jonathan Berenty

From staff reports

BELLEFONTE — A Bellefonte man is in jail, charged with one felony count of attempted robbery, four misdemeanors and three summaries after he allegedly threatened to kill a female with a machete after an argument, according to Bellefonte Borough police.

Jonathan Matthew Berenty, 19, of 320 Pine St., was arraigned Monday by District Judge Casey McClain, who set monetary bail at $100,000. Berenty did not post bail and is being detained at the Centre County Correctional Facility.

According to the affidavit of probably cause:

Police officers were dispatched to 388 Reynolds Ave., at 8:19 p.m. Sunday for a report of a male at the residence threatening a female with a machete.

On scene officers were met by a juvenile female, who said that a man was upstairs with a machete. At this time, a man later identified as victim one came running down the stairs toward officers and advised that Jonathan Berenty was upstairs with a machete. Police apprehended and secured Berenty.

Victim one said he and Berenty were messaging each other about working some problems out and Berenty agreed to come to the residence and talk and soon the conversation became heated. Victim one told Berenty to leave, but he kept reaching toward his waistband acting like he wanted to pull something out and said, “I ain’t leaving without something.”

Victim two said she continued to ask Berenty to leave and stated that Berenty opened his backpack and pulled out a black and orange machete and “came at her.” She said Berenty put the knife to her throat and said, “if you keep being disrespectful I’m going to kill you.”

She said that’s when police arrived and Berenty put the machete back in his backpack and hid the backpack behind the counter in the kitchen area.

The officer observed a black leather wallet and a black backpack in the kitchen area. He found a plastic bag containing 13 Xanax bars in the backpack. Berenty said the wallet and backpack were his.

Berenty was taken to the Bellefonte police station where he was read his Miranda rights. Berenty said the Xanax belonged to his mother and he was just holding them for her. He stated he does not have a prescription for Xanax. Continued search of the backpack resulted in finding a black and orange machete, two digital scales, a purple Crown Royal bag containing 99 plastic baggies, a blue plastic cup containing green vegetable material , a small bottle of Leilani Hawaiian Rum, a black folding knife, a black belt and a pair of “beats” headphones n a red case. While examining the blue plastic cup, Berenty said, “That’s just weed residue inside it” without being asked.

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