FARRELL – Police filed additional charges against a man involved in a standoff Monday afternoon at his Emerson Avenue home.
Robert Dontai Russell, 35, of 412 Emerson Ave., was charged with flight to avoid apprehension and criminal mischief stemming from an incident at 2:37 p.m. Monday that involved the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team.
Russell was wanted on a warrant issued by District Judge Mary A. Odem of Farrell in connection with an incident at 5:47 p.m. April 30 in the 1100 block of Fruit Avenue and the 500 block of Emerson Avenue, police said.
He was charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and criminal mischief based on an accusation that he allegedly punched a woman in the face and waved a gun at her after a verbal altercation in front of City Foods, 1143 Division St., Sharon. He is also accused of shattering a window on a car in which the woman was a passenger, police said.
When officers went to serve the warrant Monday afternoon, police said Russell drove away on a riding lawnmower, jumped off and began running toward his house.
According to a criminal complaint filed Monday with Odem's office, Russell reached into his pockets when officers asked him to keep his hands where they could see them. An officer deployed his taser as Russell jumped onto the porch steps and dove over the railing, and he made it into his house before officers could catch him, police said.
The April 30 allegations involved a firearm, and since Russell reached into his pockets after being asked not to, officers on scene called CIRT.
At 3:44 p.m., CIRT took Russell into custody and he was taken to the Farrell Police Department.
Russell was arraigned Monday evening before Odem. He will face a preliminary hearing May 20 in Odem's Farrell courtroom.
He was taken to Mercer County Jail and released Tuesday after posting bail.
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