WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County inmate who allegedly threatened that gunfire directed at correctional officers would be worse than the Connecticut school shooting in December was charged Tuesday with making terroristic threats.
County detectives allege John Hayden Calk, 28, formerly of Edwardsville, repeatedly stated he was going to buy an AK-15 assault rifle and wait outside the jail to shoot officers. Calk allegedly claimed “what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary would be nothing” compared to what he would do, according to charges filed.
Calk was arraigned via video conference by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on two counts of terroristic threats. He remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $100,000 bail.
Last week, a county judge sentenced Calk to 16 to 32 months in state prison on charges by city police that he robbed a purse from a woman on Spring Street on June 21, according to court records.
An arrest warrant was issued in January for Calk’s brother, Jeremiah Corey Calk, 26, when he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing on the robbery case. Jeremiah Calk, originally from Texas with a last known address as Pulaski Street, Edwardsville, remains at-large.
Calk said during the video arraignment he wanted to pursue charges against correctional officers for being shackled to a table in the jail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Calk stated he was going to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle and threatened “he was going to wait outside the jail and shoot at the guards coming out.” Calk also claimed he wanted a prison sergeant “dead,” telling other officers, “My word is my bond and I will get (sic) yas.”
Detectives said Calk repeatedly pledged to shoot correctional officers, making a reference to the shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14 when 20 children and six adults were gunned down at an elementary school.
The prison sergeant was making rounds the night of Feb. 22 when she learned her name was written on a wall in a cell that was occupied earlier that day by Calk. The message in large letters stated, “Kill Sgt. (name),” the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 4.