Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Police Standoff Stems from Fight Over Television

(01/03/17) A Police standoff that occurred Tuesday stemmed from a fight over a television.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Schuylkill Haven, the incident began around 8:00am at 600 West Bacon Street, in Palo Alto, when Casey Azbell, 24, and John Fry, 45, both of Pottsville got involved in an argument over a television.

Also in the home were Nolan Heffner 23, of Minersville, Quinten Heffner, 21, of Minersville, and Brandyn Spece, 26, of Pottsville.

Police say during the argument Azbell pulled out a knife and threatened to kill someone.

Azbell then would not let anyone leave the home except for Nolan Heffner, who he wanted to go to Speces' home to steal the television they were arguing about.

When Nolan Heffner was allowed to leave the house, he contacted authorities.

At one point Spece attempted to leave and Fry put him in a headlock and would not let him leave.

When police arrived, Azbell was seen through a window in the home but refused to come outside after repeated attempts.

When Police entered the home through the front door, they located the two victims downstairs and found Azbell and Fry upstairs.  Azbell fought with troopers but was eventually taken into custody.

Both Azbell and Fry were taken to Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko for arraignment.

Azbell was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment.  Fry was charged with unlawful restraint and harassment.

Both were locked up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post bail.