COOLSPRING TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – A suspect is in custody following an hours-long situation involving multiple law enforcement agencies near the intersection of state Routes 62 and 19 in Coolspring Township on Thursday.
Thursday afternoon, officers were sent to 64-year-old Robert Suchy’s home on Tripplewood Drive to conduct a welfare check. He had not been responding to his sister, who had been with him the previous night, according to Mercer County District Attorney Pete Acker.
According to a police report, troopers had initially been called to the residence of Suchy’s neighbor shortly before noon on Thursday. The neighbor told police that Suchy had entered the house with a handgun and had attempted to force the victim to come with him. When the neighbor tried to pull away, the report states that Suchy aimed the gun at the victim.
The victim was able to break away and escape the home, then called police, who obtained an arrest warrant for Suchy on charges of burglary, attempted kidnapping and simple assault.
Police were trying to get Suchy to come out of his own house. He did not respond, and they had been unable to reach him. Officers on the scene called for backup, including an armored vehicle and drone, to serve the warrant that had been issued in relation to the incident from earlier in the day. Troopers worked to clear a perimeter around Suchy’s house, advising nearby homes to evacuate or shelter in place.
After several hours, at around 7 p.m., troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police Department were able to get Suchy out of the home after firing tear gas into the house. Suchy was then taken to Sharon Regional Medical Center for evaluation, according to Acker.
No shots were fired, and Suchy did not have any known physical injuries, according to PSP.
However, the police report states that there were multiple firearms found in Suchy’s home, several of which were loaded.
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At this time, it’s not known if he will face any charges from the situation involving law enforcement Thursday afternoon into the evening.