Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Perry Police: Order of protection followed ‘PDV’:
Castile man charged after ‘pattern of domestic violence’

A Castile man, arrested earlier this year after police said he exhibited “a pattern of irrational behavior” was charged on a warrant Saturday with violating an order of protection, village police said.

John C. Stout, 38, was charged with criminal contempt of court on a warrant issued by Judge Tammy Kelsey in Village Court.

Police said the warrant “stems from an investigation that alleged Stout violated a Superior Court order that had previously been issued following a pattern of domestic violence.”

Stout was arraigned by Judge Tom McLaughlin in Town Court and was released, despite a recommendation from the District Attorney’s Office that he be committed to jail with bail set at $10,000.

Stout is a former NASCAR driver who now owns a company that is expected to field Toyotas in NASCAR’s Xfinity series.

In January, he was arrested at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport when he returned from South Carolina.

The arrest came after Stout had been repeatedly harassing his estranged wife, including attempting to have her car towed, police said

Perry Police Chief Michael Grover said at the time that the incidents began on Dec. 27, when Judge Michael Mohun issued a Family Court order of protection.

The order required that Stout surrender his firearms.

A day later, police were called to a house in Perry after Stout allegedly lied to a local towing company in an effort to have his estranged wife’s car towed. The tow driver was told that the car could not be removed, as it was “marital property,” Grover said.

Ten minutes later, the truck came back after Stout again attempted to remove the car, Grover said.

Police filed charges of second-degree criminal contempt against Stout, who immediately left for South Carolina.

Police were able to call Stout to tell him that an arrest warrant had been issued.

Grover said Stout told his officers, “Good, you better come find me.”

In the following days, Stout made several comments to police through email and on social media, including comments that were threatening, Grover said.

A bulletin was sent to all local police, as well as police in South Carolina.

Police were tipped that Stout was returning to New York and he was taken into custody at the airport without incident.

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