Man charged with intimidating witness
Honey Grove man solicits undercover PSP trooper to ‘make wife disappear’
LEWISTOWN– A 53-year-old man was charged Monday with one felony count of intimidating a witness/victim to withhold testimony after soliciting an undercover Pennsylvania State Police Trooper to take $10,000 and “make his wife disappear” to prevent her from showing up in court, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Randy Freet, of Honey Grove, was incarcerated in Mifflin County Correctional Facility in July, and is awaiting sentencing for pleading guilty to stalking in Juniata County. Freet reportedly violated a Protection From Abuse order in March and chased his wife from their church to their residence.
Documents state that while incarcerated, Freet was overheard, by a fellow inmate, saying he would “pay ten grand to make his wife go away.” The inmate provided a written statement to a PSP Trooper documenting that Freet made statements that he was in jail because his estranged wife had a PFA against him and that he had a large amount of money invested in a Milroy investment group, $10,000 of which was available in payment for making his wife “disappear.”
The inmate also reported in his statement that Freet related he would take care of it himself if he were out of jail by putting “100 pounds of tannerite in the house.” Tannerite, according to www.popularmechanics.com, “is a low-grade explosive” and is made from aluminum powder and sodium nitrate.
It is further stated in the court documents that the inmate was provided with a recording device and a phone number that would connect the caller to an undercover PSP Trooper. The inmate was further instructed to give the phone number to Freet and advise Freet that the number belonged to someone who would take care of his wife. The inmate reportedly told Freet he talked to his uncle who knows someone named “Chris” and that “Chris” could talk to Freet’s wife and get her not to testify. The inmate told Freet that he could give him the number to call and get a price.
Freet reportedly provided the inmate details about his wife’s residence, vehicle, place of employment, daily routines, the location of firearms in the residence and how someone could enter the residence, court documents indicate. Once the inmate provided Freet with the phone number, Freet reportedly said he would call and ask “Chris” how much for a “go-cart”, then ask if he “got it goin’.” The inmate reported that Freet said he just wanted to scare his wife, according to court documents.
Documents state the undercover trooper missed Freet’s first call and called the number back. A female answered the phone and said she had been calling for Freet and that he would return the call. Later on the same day, the female reportedly called again and asked if the person answering was “Chris,” at which point Freet was reportedly heard on the phone asking about the “go-cart.”
Freet’s wife was made aware of the investigation and reportedly said she feels threatened and in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, court documents indicate. Freet was arraigned via video-conference before Magisterial District Judge Jack Miller, who set bail at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19.