His father's denial and his mother's death have ultimately landed a Carnegie man back in jail after he stalked and threatened his probation officer, according to Pittsburgh police.
In July, Theodore Leonard Hatcher Jr., 35, was on probation for a simple assault conviction when he attacked Theodore Leonard Hatcher Sr. -- the man Mr. Hatcher's mother had claimed for years was his father, but who denied paternity and had the blood tests to back it up, according to police.
The alleged incident took place in the 700 block of Idlewood Street in Carnegie, where the younger Mr. Hatcher lived with his mother. Minutes before, the elder Mr. Hatcher had walked by Mr. Hatcher and refused to talk to him, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.
Mr. Hatcher walked over and began punching the older man in the head and stomach, and choking him, according to the complaint. Mr. Hatcher's companion slammed the elder Mr. Hatcher to the sidewalk, and the younger Mr. Hatcher stomped and kicked the elder man in the back and the leg before fleeing the scene, the complaint said.
Pittsburgh police then filed additional assault charges against Mr. Hatcher, violating his probation, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, police said. As detectives searched for him, Mr. Hatcher's mother was arrested for hindering his arrest. Approximately a week later his mother died, according to the complaint.
Beginning Oct. 19 and over the next two days, police said, Mr. Hatcher then left three profanity-laced, threatening phone calls on the voicemail of his Allegheny County probation officer, Erich Jeffries.
Mr. Hatcher turned himself in to police Friday afternoon and has been charged with retaliation for past official action, terroristic threats and stalking. All three charges are misdemeanors.