Judge denies man bail after alleged witness intimidation

MUNCY — Just one day after Arthur Reed posted bail through a bail bondsman in an assault case, the 47-year-old man intimidated one of the witnesses in the case, borough police alleged in court papers.

When Reed was brought before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on Monday to face new charges, he suddenly found himself back behind bars after Kemp denied him bail.

Reed was initially arrested on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment after he allegedly assaulted Natalie Trimble-Warzel in a home the two shared at the time at 26 1/2 N. Market St. on Nov. 10, police said.

Trimble-Warzel was hospitalized with head injuries, police said in court papers. Hours after the assault, Reed was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was released on Nov. 14 after posting the bail through a bail bondsman.

The next day, Reed, now of 2309 Linn St., Williamsport, returned to the North Market Street address and told Thomas Cramm, who lives there with Trimble-Warzel, “not to testify (at Reed’s preliminary hearing) about Reed hitting the woman with a wooden chair,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

At the time of the assault, Cramm was home and witnessed it, police said.

Reed told Cramm that if he did testify at the hearing, which was scheduled the very next day, Nov. 16, that might result in Reed being sent to state prison for five to 10 years, police said.

“If that happens, not only would it be bad for me, but it will be bad for you too,” Reed allegedly told Cramm, according to police. Cramm reported the incident to police the next day.

Reed ended up waiving the preliminary hearing on the assault charges and remained free until this week when he was arraigned before Kemp on additional felony charges of intimidation of a witness and hindering prosecution as well as a misdmeanor charge of obstructing the administration of law.