Assault, harassment charges filed against Brown
A man involved in a barricaded standoff with state police in October was recently charged with simple assault and harassment in an unrelated incident that occurred in August.
Police charged Steven M. Brown, 37, of Rome on Wednesday following an investigation into an Aug. 2 incident at his North Rome Road residence, according to information from Pennsylvania State Police at Towanda.
Police said Brown is alleged to have struck a 43-year-old female victim in the leg with an air rifle and pushed her to the floor during the incident. Police said the victim broke her left collarbone when she struck the floor and received treatment for the injury at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Police said Brown will be sent a summons at the Bradford County Correctional Facility, where he remains incarcerated following the Oct. 23 standoff, to appear in district court for a preliminary hearing at a later date.
State police charged Brown with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats for his role in the armed standoff at his residence, in which he held police at bay for over 12 hours. The case is currently in the county Court of Common Pleas.
Police said Brown barricaded himself inside the house with his girlfriend, a 43-year-old Rome woman, at about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 following a trip to the Dandy Mini Mart in Rome Borough. Brown's girlfriend notified Dandy employees that she was being held against her will, and staff notified police after she left, police said.
Police then formed a perimeter around the house, where Brown was barricaded and armed with numerous rifles, shotguns and handguns, police said. Brown's girlfriend was able to escape from the house unharmed at about 11 a.m., but the standoff continued until about 11:30 p.m., when members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team took Brown into custody, police said.
Police also charged Brown in December with intimidation of witnesses or victims and criminal attempt to commit obstructing administration of law or other governmental function after police said he repeatedly contacted the kidnapping victim, asking her to provide police with a different version of the facts of the incident, according to information from state police. Police said Brown contacted the victim between Nov. 2 and Nov. 19 from the county jail.
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