By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
SHENANGO VALLEY — A Farrell man wanted by Hermitage police in an assault case was arrested Wednesday in Sharon after leading police on foot and vehicle chases.
The alleged victim in the Hermitage case also was arrested for trying to help him escape.
Sharon police said they were called at 2:15 a.m. to Shenango and Franklin streets by police from other departments working a detail. One of the policemen spotted Kyle D. Childs, 22, of 1113 Fruit Ave., Farrell, knowing he was wanted, police said.
As police were trying to arrest Childs, he spun away and ran, dropping a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol that police later learned had been stolen from Hermitage, police said.
Childs got into a car driven by Tiffany Chester, 24, of 1525 Parke Drive, Hermitage, and Sharon police spotted it and followed it to a lot in the 300 block of South Dock Street, where Childs got out and ran away, police said.
An infant and another child were in the car, but were not harmed, police said. The kids were released to the custody of a grandparent.
After he was arrested, Childs fought with police and later damaged the inside of a cruiser. He was charged with escape, flight to avoid apprehension, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, prohibited possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and institutional vandalism.
Chester was charged with escape, reckless endangerment and fleeing police.
In the Hermitage case, Childs was charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment for pushing Chester through a window screen Ð she did not fall through the window - punching her in the head and face multiple times, putting a gun to her head and saying he was going to kill her at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in her home, police said.
Chester was pregnant with his child at the time, police said.
Childs became angry when he saw text and Facebook messages from another man, police said.
Childs and Chester were taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday before District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon. Child's preliminary hearing on the Hermitage charges was set for 9 a.m. Jan. 24 before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell