Monday, March 21, 2022

Ashland Man Faces Additional Charges After This Weekend's Standoff with Police

An Ashland man will be facing additional charges after a standoff this weekend with police.

Around 12:15am, Saturday, the Ashland Police Department was called to 630 South Hoffman Boulevard, the area of Danny's Drive In, for a report of a male with a firearm.

When officers arrived on scene, the man involved, Kyle Linkchorst, 37, went back inside the home next to the restaurant and locked himself inside.

According to Ashland Police Chief Gerard Daley, officers spoke with witnesses that said the incident started when the rider of an ATV had broken down in the parking lot of the restaurant.  

When two people who lived nearby tried to help the ATV Rider,  Linkchorst came out of a nearby apartment connected to the restaurant and began talking to all three.  The witnesses told police that Linkchorst appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and demanded money from the ATV rider.  He then pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot all three.

At this point, police were called.

With Linkchorst locked inside, Ashland Police called for assistance from the neighboring communities bringing in officers from Frackville, Butler Township, Mahanoy Township, and State Police to the scene.

With Linkchorst walking back and forth in the restaurant and within view of police, officers made multiple attempts through verbal commands for him to come out on his own but he didn't comply. 

A search warrant was obtained and a State Police SERT was called to the scene to assist.

By 6:30am, the SERT used tear gas on the house and restaurant and within seconds, Linkchorst exited the home and was willingly taken into custody without incident.

On Saturday, Linkchorst was charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault, 3 counts of simple assault, and 3 counts of terroristic threats, and arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer who set bail at $100,000 straight cash.

On Monday, Chief Daley said he will be filing additional charges for the incident that include 3 counts of recklessly endangering another person, 3 counts of harassment, and 1 count of possessing the instrument of a crime.  Those charges are expected to be filed before his preliminary hearing.

Linkchorst remains locked up in Schuylkill County Prison.