The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 11, 2013

Cheza nabbed, resists return

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, SHARON — The Sharon man who’d been sought by police since Saturday night was picked up Wednesday afternoon in Truck World by Hubbard Township police, authorities said.

Kyle R. Cheza, 43, of 701 Spencer Ave., Sharon, was taken into custody without incident, a spokesman for Hubbard Township police said Wednesday.

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster said Cheza wasn’t armed when he was arrested.

“It looks like he was living in a wooded area by Truck World,” Menster said, referencing the truck stop by Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 62 in Hubbard Township.

Cheza was taken to Trumbull County Jail to await extradition and Menster said it appears as if he may fight extradition to Mercer County to answer to charges of assaulting a Sharon man who was enjoying a summer night outside with his family on Saturday night before Cheza became unruly after he was declined a beer.

Cheza had walked into the family’s backyard on March Street a few blocks from Cheza’s address.

He struck up a conversation with the 37-year-old resident, who was outside with his wife and two teenage children.

Cheza asked for a beer and became indignant when the man refused, police said.

Cheza is accused of pulling the man over a three-foot-high fence and fighting with him before pulling out a gun, police said.

He ran from the scene and eluded police over the weekend and on Monday, when the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team searched Cheza’s home.

He wasn’t home and police asked for help in finding Cheza Tuesday. He was considered “armed and dangerous,” Menster said.

He faces charges of aggravated assault, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, firearms to be carried without a license, simple assault and making terroristic threats that were filed in District Judge Dennis M. Songer’s Sharon court.

An extradition hearing will be scheduled in Trumbull County court, Menster said. If Cheza won’t waive extradition to Mercer County, he will be held in Trumbull County Jail until a governor’s warrant is issued to move him here, Menster said.

Cheza has had several scrapes with the law the last few years. In high school, he was a 1987 state champion wrestler at Hickory High School.