The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 30, 2014

Man said he’d kill self, faces charges

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A Sharon man who threatened to kill himself in a Friday standoff with police faces assault and other charges.

Brian David Mosley, 37, of 194 Third Ave., was charged in connection with three retail thefts in Sharon and Farrell after police caught up with him.

A Reyers Shoe Store employee got a license number after a man later identified as Mosley left the store and drove off without paying for two pairs of Nike Air Jordan athletic shoes valued at $250, police Chief Mike Menster said.

While police staked out his house waiting for the Chrysler PT Cruiser registered to Mosley’s wife, a man filled a yellow plastic basket with merchandise at about 4:15 p.m. and ran out of Dollar General on Sharon-New Castle Road in Farrell. Descriptions of the car and the alleged thief matched  information police already had, Menster said.

At about 4:40 p.m., a patrolman noticed the vehicle, its lights on and engine running and containing a yellow basket with merchandise in it, outside Dollar General at 871 E. State St.

He confronted Mosley outside the store but the suspect pulled a knife and lunged toward the policeman, who pulled out his gun and ordered Mosley to drop the knife, Menster said.

Saying, “I’m not going back to jail,” Mosley threatened to kill himself and had cut his neck before a second policeman disabled him with an electronic shocking device, Menster said.

Mosley was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System and will be arraigned when he is released from the hospital, Menster said.

He was charged initially with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct. Police recovered the stolen merchandise, Menster said.