Thursday, December 15, 2022

Suspicious Activity Call in Ashland Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted by Schuylkill County Detectives

The Ashland Police Department made an arrest Tuesday evening after a report of suspicious activity at the borough's Dollar General.

According to the Borough Police Officer Daniel Weikel, on Tuesday, around 6:30pm, he was called to the store for a report of a suspicious person.

The caller reported that there was a male at the store for several hours, making vulgar comments to female customers and was refusing to leave.  The male also had a vehicle, a silver Chrysler 300, that was broken down in the Boyer's Markets parking lot.

Officer Weikel says while enroute, county notified him that the Pennsylvania State Police were looking for a similar vehicle with Maryland tags.  State Troopers and Butler Township Police joined the call.

When arriving, it was confirmed the vehicle had Maryland tags.

At the scene, police spoke with Maureko Tyree Robinson, 28, of Maryland, the owner of the vehicle, and Brian Stravinsky, 38, formerly of Ringtown but also living in Maryland.

While the officers patted down both individuals for their safety, Stravinsky pulled away and attempted to run.

Weikel said Butler Township Chief Holderman tackled Stravinsky as he attempted to swallow drugs.  An open baggie with a tear in it and methamphetamine was found all over the ground nearby.  Officers were able to detain Stravinsky.

A field test of the drugs tested positive for methamphetamine.

A check of Stravinsky's info led to the finding he was wanted by Schuylkill County detectives, and he was taken into custody on the warrant.  He was also checked by EMS, in case he ingested any drugs, before being transported to Schuylkill County Prison.

Ashland Police will be filing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct, and harassment for the incident.

A field test of the drugs found tested positive for methamphetamine.