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A New Paris man was in central court on Wednesday after allegedly he threatened his father with an axe and told his mother he would burn down their trailer while she was speaking to police.

Matthew J. Maust, 23, on Oct. 9 was charged with two counts of terroristic threats — a first degree misdemeanor — and simple assault.

State police said Maust’s mother, Toshya Maust, went to the state police barracks about 9 p.m. Oct. 9 and reported that her son had been drinking and was involved in an altercation with her and his father, Stephen Maust.

The woman told troopers that Matthew Maust was holding an axe while arguing with his father and threatened him. Maust allegedly told his father “I’ll take care of that foot” while tapping the axe on the floor, according to court documents. Maust also allegedly threatened to burn down his parent’s trailer down during the altercation.

While Toshya Maust was speaking with troopers, Matthew Maust called his mother’s phone, documents said. She put the phone on speaker and answered, at which time Maust told his mother to return home or he was going to burn down the trailer.

Police said Toshya Maust was visibly shaken and related she was afraid to go home.

Matthew Maust waived his right to a preliminary hearing in central court. He is being lodged in the Bedford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.

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

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