Aug. 5—A White Oak man was jailed Friday after police said he threatened the owner of a Sewickley Township gas station and used his car to block the convenience store entrance, according to court papers.
Police said Umamahesh Bharadwaj, 43,was supposed to be training a new employee.
He is facing a list of charges including terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license, driving under the influence and related offenses.
Troopers said they were called to the Clay Pike Sunoco station near Herminie at 6 p.m. Thursday for a report of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance. Police said Bharadwaj smelled of alcohol and marijuana.
The owner told police Bharadwaj was repeatedly asked to leave but threatened to hit the owner with a baseball bat and shoot him. Troopers said they found a loaded revolver in the Bharadwaj's Honda Accord, according to court papers.
During the threats, police said Bharadwaj parked his car blocking the entrance to the convenience store and turned on music at a high volume. His driver's license had previously been suspended or revoked because of a drunken-driving conviction, according to court papers. Troopers said they confiscated marijuana and a smoking pipe from his car.
Bail was set at $50,000. Bharadwaj was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison. He did not have an attorney listed in online court record. An Aug. 15 preliminary hearing is set.
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