Mansfield man charged following violent domestic incident

MANSFIELD — Michael D. Post Jr., 26, of 6 Sherwood St., was charged by borough police following a violent domestic incident at the residence Nov. 4.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, Post was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he used a kitchen knife to stab Barbara Shoemaker in the base of her thumb.

The incident began when Post allegedly climbed through the kitchen window of the residence after being told by Shoemaker multiple times that he was not to be at the residence.

He then allegedly hid in the bathroom shower until he was discovered there by Shoemaker’s mother Tara Taggert, who went into the bathroom, police said.

After the two women confronted Post, telling him to leave, he allegedly grabbed the knife and stabbed Shoemaker with a downward stabbing motion, and then stuck the knife into the bedroom door. He also allegedly threatened to break into Taggart’s residence and slit her throat while she was asleep, police said.

Shoemaker’s wound required stiches and may require surgery, police said.

Post then fled from police through the kitchen window onto the second-story roof.

Police said they followed him out the window but were unable to locate him.

They found the knife stuck in the bedroom door with the handle broken off and on the couch arm by the door. Blood also was found on the blade of the knife, the bedroom wall, door and living room carpet, police said.

Post also was charged with criminal trespass, simple assault, flight to avoid apprehension, and terroristic threats.

Six police agencies including the borough, university police, Tioga police, Blossburg police, Wellsboro police and state police were looking for him.

Post was arrested at an upstairs apartment next to a West Wellsboro Street Subway restaurant later that night. Post denied being involved in any confrontation or being at the residence.

He was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail and his preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 16.