Farrell standoff


The Mercer County Crisis Intervention Response Team responds to a standoff Friday at a house on Wallis Avenue in Farrell.

FARRELL — An incident that began Friday morning in Youngstown ended hours later after with an arrest at a house on Wallis Avenue in Farrell.

Anthony Harris, 26, of 535 W. Boston Ave., Youngstown, is charged with kidnapping a minor and two counts of kidnapping to inflict injury or terror. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Mary A. Odem in Farrell at 1 p.m. March 19, according to court documents.

Farrell police were alerted to the kidnapping about 7 a.m. Friday, when police received information that a blue 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt was found parked outside 1147 Wallis Ave., and that the vehicle was believed to have been used in the kidnapping, according to the criminal complaint.

Youngstown police said an 18-year-old woman and her year-old daughter kidnapped from their Youngstown home. Youngstown police asked Farrell police to hold the vehicle as evidence. 

Farrell police said in the criminal complaint that they found a large amount of dried blood on the vehicle’s dashboard area, passenger-side window and passenger-side door handle.

The victim called Mercer County 911 about 7:45 a.m. to report that her Cobalt was stolen. Police said in the complaint that the dispatcher heard a man’s voice from the background telling the victim what to say. Police were able to get the victim and her daughter out of the house and took them to the Farrell police station.

Police said the victim had fresh injuries on her face and shoulder. She told police that Harris caused her injuries, hit the child in her head, took the woman’s cell phone and forced her to get into the vehicle.

Harris was taken into custody Friday afternoon. Farrell police and the Mercer County Critical Incident Response team left the Farrell house at about 3:30 p.m. Harris was arraigned before Odem and was taken to Mercer County Jail on a $250,000 bond, according to court documents.


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