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Burrell man charged in woman's alleged abduction

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By Tim Karan
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

BURRELL — A township man faces kidnapping charges for allegedly forcing a woman into his truck after a large fight at the Rearick's Fording swimming hole on June 23 and then taking her on a dangerous, high-speed ride before she managed to get away, authorities said.

Kevin Charles Shellhammer, 22, of 206 Mill Hill Road is accused of abducting Brittany Amber Yockey, no age or place of residence released, in an effort to find Josh Silvis, who had been involved in a fight with Shellhammer's brother, George Shellhammer, court documents claim.

According to the documents, “numerous altercations involving multiple people” broke out about 10:20 p.m. and, following the altercation with George Shellhammer, Silvis fled on foot. Kevin Shellhammer and another brother, Jesse Shellhammer, allegedly arrived, demanding to know the whereabouts of Silvis. After Jesse Shellhammer swung a log at multiple people, striking at least two, three people including Yockey sought refuge in a parked truck, the documents say. One of the brothers is alleged to have used his truck to repeatedly ram the vehicle before pulling one man out and assaulting him.

The police court filing also says Yockey told the brothers – whom she said she did not know personally – that she would “tell them what they wanted to know” if they stopped. The complaint alleges Kevin Shellhammer ordered her into his truck and each of the brothers got into separate vehicles and drove away.

Yockey told police that Kevin Shellhammer was driving recklessly at speeds greater than 100 mph, hitting the emergency brake at one point and driving on two wheels around a bend, the documents say. Traveling on back roads, they eventually stopped near a house believed to be that of George Shellhammer. Yockey said she pleaded with the brothers to release her, but they continued to another home about 3 miles from Rearick's Fording. Yockey told investigators, the documents say, that she ran away when the brothers got out and began fighting with each other. She was picked up along a road by an acquaintance who had been searching for her.

Kevin Shellhammer was arrested the following day at his home and placed in Armstrong County Jail by District Judge Gary DeComo on charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment, kidnapping to inflict injury or terror and unlawful restraint. Bail was set at $10,000.

State police said there were no other arrests in connection with the alleged kidnapping but that others could face charges in the case.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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