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'I'm going to kill you': Portage man who said he was threatened with shotgun shares story

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PORTAGE- The search for a Cambria County man who, police said, threatened several people Sunday in Portage is over.

State police in Ebensburg said 21-year-old Nickolas Nagle threatened his mother and two men with a 12-gauge shotgun.

One of the victims, Austin Sandoval, said he believes drugs and alcohol fueled Nagle's actions.

Sandoval said he's known Nagle for about five years. He told 6 News that Nagle was at his apartment when the fight happened.

"This is first time I've had someone say, 'I'm going to kill you. I'm going to blow your head off,' said Sandoval "He told me straight up: You're going to meet your maker."

Sandoval said he and Nagle got into an argument and were fighting in the front yard when Sandoval's 19-year-old nephew broke it up.

"My nephew pulled me off of him and he (Nagle) felt we were jumping him. So he ran down to his house, broke into his dad's gun safe, ripped the door off and everything. Then he ran up here and brought a 12 gauge up," said Sandoval.

According to a criminal complaint, Nagle's mother showed up at Sandoval's apartment and got between her son and the shotgun. Police said Nagle's mother yelled at him to stop.

"My fiancee was upstairs and seen him pop around the corner with a 12 gauge and automatically called 911," said Sandoval.

Police said, when Nagle heard officers were on the way, he took off.

"I seen the cops out there. The cops was out there in the front of the house and then Nick went in the back and then he took off. He stood beside my house and he told them to come and get him," said Debora Wauffer, a neighbor who witnessed the incident.

"As far as I know, he was on a bunch of Xanax and drank about a half a fifth of tequila that night. He wasn't in the right frame of mind at all," said Sandoval.

As state police searched for Nagle, they warned the public that he was considered armed and dangerous.

He was arrested early Monday morning without incident.

Police said Nagle has been charged with threats in the past, including when he threatened a garbage truck worker.

Last June, police said, he was charged with terroristic threats after chasing a garbage truck driver down the street while he allegedly had a gun in his hand.

"I think he has a lot of serious mental health issues. I think he has a lot of problems going on up there. The alcohol, the drugs--they aren't helping at all. I hope he gets the help he needs and comes out a better person," said Sandoval.

Nagle is facing charges including aggravated assault, terroristic threats and simple assault. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3.


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