HAZLETON — A city man who was out on bail awaiting trials in a bank robbery and a bad-check case was arrested Tuesday afternoon after beating his mother and threatening to kill her because she allowed his children to cry while he was upstairs sleeping, police said.
Otto C. McNab Jr., 38, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment after the incident at the North Church Street home where McNab, his girlfriend and their young children live with his mother, Violet McNab.
According to a police affidavit, Violet McNab, whose age was not listed in court documents, said she was watching the children when they began to cry. She said her son came running downstairs, yelling and accusing her of not properly caring for the children.
Violet McNab told police her son grabbed her by the back of the neck and threw her down onto a couch. He then began punching her face and beating her on the head with an unknown object, she said. After that, he grabbed her by the neck, threw her onto the ground and continued slapping and kicking her, while stomping on her foot, she said.
When she tried to grab her cellphone to call for help, she said, her son twisted her arm to make her drop the phone. After McNab finally stopped beating her, she said, he warned her not to call police or he would kill her.
Violet McNab was able to leave the home, obtain a ride to Hazleton General Hospital and call police from there.
Police who interviewed the woman at the hospital said they observed extensive swelling and bruising to her jaw and both sides of her face, as well as red marks on her neck and bruises on her legs, left foot, right arm and right hand.
McNab was arrested at his home later Tuesday and arraigned before District Judge James Dixon. He was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.
McNab has been no stranger to the law in recent years.
He is accused of robbing a Susquehanna Bank in Sugarloaf on Aug. 22, 2011, telling the teller he had a bomb and making off with $2,262. The money was recovered the same day. A girlfriend waiting in the car for McNab, then of Drums, told police she had no idea he had no active accounts at the bank, and thought he was withdrawing money to purchase a car, according to court records. Trial is set for Oct. 21 in that case.
In late December 2011, McNab allegedly wrote more than $3,000 in bad checks drawn on a bank account belonging to his father, Otto McNab Sr., knowing it didn’t have sufficient funds. Trial is set for Oct. 28 in that case.
McNab also faces sentencing Oct. 28 in connection with guilty pleas in two other cases:
On Dec. 7, 2011, McNab claimed his father assaulted him with a knife. McNab later admitted he stabbed himself because he was depressed and wanted to get his father in trouble, according to a police affidavit, and pleaded guilty to making a false alarm.
On. Jan. 14, 2012, police were dispatched to a one-car crash in which McNab told police he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. He later admitted he deliberately drove his truck off a road to make it look like an accident. He pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence.