Dunbar Twp. man charged after standoff; hearing scheduled for April 16
Charges were filed against a Dunbar Township man who allegedly assaulted two family members and caused a seven-hour police standoff at his residence this week.
Thomas Randall Baker Jr., 39, of 228 Oglevee Lane was charged Monday with two counts of simple assault and two counts of harassment before on-call District Judge Joseph George Jr.
Police said Baker and his juvenile stepdaughter got into an argument about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Baker reportedly held the girl on a bed by her hair and punched her in the face four to six times, injuring an area around her right eye.
Baker's wife, Tracy, pulled him off the girl, police said, and Baker punched her in the face.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Baker left the room, saying, “I'm not leaving here without a fight,” then loaded a 12-gauge shotgun and went to the basement. His wife and stepdaughter fled the house.
Shortly before 10 p.m., state police at Uniontown were called to the residence, after Baker's wife and stepdaughter were out of the house. Police said Baker refused to step outside for questioning.
State police Lt. Jeff Fisher said troopers notified neighbors of the disturbance and advised them to taken refuge in their basements. A state police emergency response team was called to the scene.
Using a public address system, police spent hours attempting to get Baker to leave the home.
At about 5:30 a.m. Monday, Fisher said, Baker came out and surrendered without incident. He did not have a weapon at the time, Fisher said.
Oglevee Lane was reopened about 6 a.m. after being closed since the standoff began.
Thomas Baker was charged with simple assault, harassment and additional charges. Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against him in 2011 but were dismissed in district court.
Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Baker is a guard at the state prison in Pittsburgh, but couldn't discuss his current status.
Baker was lodged in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 16 before District Judge Dwight Shaner.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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