City man denied bail after allegedly pointing loaded handgun at woman

Convicted felon Jesse Tillison has been locked up on assault and firearm charges after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at a woman and threatened to shoot her in the city apartment the two share, according to city police.

Tillison, 29, of 705 Hepburn St., tried to flee the apartment building when confronted by officers about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, but was quickly nabbed as he came out a back door, police said.

He was not armed at the time, but police recovered a handgun from the apartment after officers obtained a warrant to search the premises.

Police believe the recovered handgun, which was stolen from Clinton County, was the same firearm Tillison allegedly pointed at Free Ann Donella during a domestic disturbance.

“Tillison cocked the hammer back on the revolver and pointed it at Donella, yelling ‘I’ll put a clip in your face. You’ll see what I’m about,’ “ a witness to the disturbance told officers.

Donella then told Tillison to shoot her, the witness, who was standing near the woman, told police.

After Tillison was in custody, officers attempted to interview Donella, but she “proved to be extremely uncooperative, even confrontational. She refused to provide police with any assistance,” an officer said in an affidavit.

The witness, who feared for his life, said Donella told him that Tillison had allegedly “threatened to shoot her in the past,” the officer said.

Tillison, who has been convicted of drug offenses, was arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on charges of aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, convicted felon not to possess a firearm, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats and possession of an instrument of crime. Denied bail, he was automatically committed to the Lycoming County Prison.