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July 2, 2014

Police jail suspect in threats at bar

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was jailed Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman at a bar in the city’s Woodvale section.

City police said they were called for an unwanted person –­ later identified as David Michael Ambush – at Rocky’s Tavern, 718 Maple Ave., around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Ambush fled before they arrived.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman at the tavern told officers that Ambush had been banned from the bar for 30 days because he had  pulled her dress over her head.

Ambush was drinking at the bar Friday when he began to argue with the woman, police said. She told police Ambush threatened to kill her after she refused his advances.

A bouncer escorted Ambush from the bar when he refused to leave, the complaint said. Police charged with him with terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Ambush, who has addresses listed in the 700 block of Maple Avenue and the 1000 block of Church Avenue, was arraigned by on-call District Judge Rick Varner of Salix. He was sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post $5,000 bond.

Ambush, 48, who is originally from Harrisburg, has served time for robbery and aggravated assault, and for parole violations, according to Tribune-Democrat archives.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on

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