Forks Man Charged with Making Terroristic Threats

Forks Township man arraigned following domestic dispute in which he threatened wife.

A Friday night call in Forks Township for a man holding a gun to his wife’s throat turned out to be two of his fingers on her neck and a threat that “I am going to (expletive) kill you,” court records say.

Charles Lawrence Brinker, 53, who also goes by the name of “Chuck,” was charged with terroristic threats and harassment after police arrived at his 1005 Frost Hollow Road home.

A criminal complaint filed by Forks officer Philomena A. Sandt said the 10 p.m. call was for a man holding a gun to his wife’s throat. 

Police talked to Brinker’s wife, Diane, who said she and her husband “were involved in a domestic in regards to their marriage.”

The wife said she locked herself in the bathroom but her husband – a big man at 6-feet-2 and 250 pounds – broke down the door. She said he put two fingers to her neck and threatened to kill her.

Police said they noticed damage to the bathroom door, indicating it was forced open.

Brinker – read his Miranda rights and questioned – admitted his wife’s account was true.

He was arraigned at 3am Saturday by on-duty District Judge Diane Marakovits of Northampton and committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $20,000 bail.


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