CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sent threatening text messages to a doctor asking him to call a prescription for nerve pain medication into a pharmacy.

South Abington Township police say 35-year-old James Decoons became so frustrated at one point that he threatened to beat the doctor “like a bloody step child” in one message.

The Moosic man was arrested Wednesday on charges including terroristic threats, witness intimidation and harassment.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Decoons, who remained in the Lackawanna County jail Thursday unable to post $100,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 12.

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