A Blaine Township man was arrested Wednesday by state police on charges including aggravated assault after he allegedly pulled a knife on his father and three others during a confrontation at their home.
James Aaron Nixon, 29, of 35 Walker Hill Road, Avella, was charged with four counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.
Troopers were called about 5:50 p.m. to his home for a report of a domestic dispute. When police arrived, they said they found Nixon standing on top of a recreational vehicle, holding a knife and pointing it in what was described as an aggressive manner at the troopers. He also allegedly threatened to harm himself and police. Nixon also reportedly refused to come down off the vehicle, telling troopers they would have to shoot him. Police used a Taser to take him into custody. He was transported to Washington Hospital for treatment before he was taken to the barracks for processing.
Nixon’s father, William Nixon Sr., told police he got into an argument with his son over yard work. The father told his son to leave. The younger Nixon allegedly lunged at his father and tried to kick and punch him in the face.
Police said James Nixon then went into a garage and grabbed metal rebar, using that to threaten his father and three others. He also allegedly pulled out a knife and swung at all four people before going to a shed.
When he came out, police said he had the lid for a cooler and a knife. Police said he swung the knife at his father, almost cutting him in the stomach. When his father turned to run, Nixon’s brother reportedly fired one shot in the ground in the direction of James Nixon, who then ran to the recreational vehicle.
Nixon was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in Washington County jail on $75,000 bond. He is scheduled for an Aug. 29 preliminary hearing before District Judge Ethan Ward.