W-B Man Accused Of Intimidating Witness
WILKES-BARRE — A city man accused of molesting and beating a woman he held captive was hit Thursday with a felony charge of witness intimidation after allegedly calling her dozens of times and pressuring her to drop the charges.
Matthew A. Gyle, 39, of 121 Conyngham Ave., was also charged with a misdemeanor count of harassment alleging he illegally contacted the woman while he was still in custody at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility over the first set of charges.
The victim in the assault case contacted police Wednesday to report Gyle had called her more than 100 times in an effort to get her to drop the charges against him, according to the complaint.
The woman reported Gyle had been allowing her to use his car, but threatened to report it stolen if she did not drop the charges, police said.
The complaint said the calls were so persistent the woman had to have the jail block Gyle from calling her — although he was also calling his own cellphone.
While the woman was providing her statement, Gyle called her once more and she put the phone on speaker, according to the complaint. During the call, Gyle did not dispute he threatened to report the car stolen if she didn’t drop the charges, police said.
Magisterial District Judge Thomas F. Malloy Sr. arraigned Gyle on the new charges Thursday morning and set bail at $25,000. Gyle was already being held on $20,000 bail following his arrest last week on charges of aggravated indecent assault, making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and simple assault.
The woman told investigators Gyle threatened her with what appeared to be an ice pick at his home Jan. 12 and forced her to undress before molesting her.
The woman was eventually able to flee the house while naked, and got help from a resident after finding a rug to wrap around herself, police said. She sustained a fractured right cheek bone during the assault, according to police.
Court records show Gyle has a long history of violence, including cases of beating and stabbing his former girlfriend with a screwdriver, stabbing two men during a fight and beating a man over the head with a brick.
The victim in the indecent assault case also told investigators Gyle had “killed his last girlfriend by injecting her with heroin.”
Prosecutors said they are investigating that allegation.
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