Charges against Brown bound to county court
The man involved in a barricaded standoff with state police last week will face charges related to the Rome Township incident in county court.
At a Tuesday preliminary hearing, Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton held the charges against Steven M. Brown, 37, for the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, according to information filed in district court. Brown's formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 19.
State police charged Brown with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats following an Oct. 23 armed standoff at his North Rome Road residence, in which he held police at bay for over 12 hours.
Police said Brown barricaded himself inside the house with his girlfriend at about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 following a trip to the Dandy Mini Mart in Rome Borough. The girlfriend told police Brown pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her several times, beginning the day before the standoff, police said.
Brown's girlfriend told Dandy employees that she was being held against her will, and staff notified police after she left, police said. Police found Brown's car at his residence and maintained 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. and ran to officers at the scene, police said.
Members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team took Brown into custody at about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 23, police said. An ambulance then transported Brown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre to be evaluated for the suspected ingestion of bath salts, police said.
Brown remains incarcerated at the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.