Brown trial scheduled for Monday
The man accused of barricading himself and his girlfriend inside his Rome house in October is scheduled to face trial on charges related to his standoff with state police.
The trial of Steven M. Brown, 37, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with jury selection, according to information filed in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas.
State police charged Brown with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats following the Oct. 23 standoff, in which he held police at bay at his North Rome Road residence for over 12 hours before members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team took him into custody at about 11:30 p.m.
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 alerted police after she left, according to police.
Police then formed a perimeter around the house, where Brown was barricaded and armed with numerous rifles, shotguns and handguns, police said. The woman was able to escape unharmed later that morning, police said.
Brown also faces charges of intimidation of witnesses or victims and criminal attempt to commit obstructing administration of law or other governmental function. Police charged Brown in December after he repeatedly contacted the kidnapping victim from the Bradford County Correctional Facility in November, asking her to provide police with a different version of the facts of the case, according to information from state police.
Police also charged Brown with simple assault and harassment following investigation into an August incident in which he allegedly struck a 43-year-old female victim in the leg with an air rifle and pushed her to the floor, causing her to break her collarbone, according to state police information. Both cases are currently in county court.
Brown awaits trial incarcerated at the BCCF in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.