A Bedford man was charged after allegedly threatening his family with a knife during a physical altercation last week.

The Bedford Police Department said Dustin K. Moyer, 19, of 351 W. Pitt St., used an unopened can of food to strike his father in the face during an altercation at his apartment about 10:35 a.m. July 2.

Moyer also allegedly punched his juvenile brother in the forehead during the altercation and threatened two family members with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.

Moyer waived his right to a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday. He was charged with three counts of simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, as well as three counts of harassment.

Police said the altercation started after Moyer’s sister arrived at his apartment to confront him about overdue rent and alleged drug use, according to court documents.

The juvenile boy got into an argument with Moyer and their father, Brian Moyer, attempted to intervene, police said. Dustin Moyer allegedly threw a pot of water on his father and struck him in the face with an unopened can of food, prompting the father to tackle his son to the floor.

When Dustin Moyer got up, he allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife from the sink and threatened his father and his sister. Moyer’s younger brother attempted to calm Moyer down but was punched in the forehead, documents said.

Moyer is being lodged in the Bedford County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at 10 percent of $30,000.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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