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Hearing in Dunbar Township standoff continued

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 9:21 p.m.

The preliminary hearing for a man accused of being responsible for a seven-hour standoff with police was continued to a new date on Tuesday.

Thomas R. Baker Jr., 39, of 228 Oglevee Lane, Connellsville, was arrested during a standoff that started when state police at Uniontown were called to Baker's residence on a domestic call shortly before 10 p.m. April 7.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Baker reportedly held his juvenile stepdaughter on a bed by her hair and punched her in the face four to six times, injuring an area around her right eye during an argument.

Baker's wife pulled him off the girl, police said, and Baker punched her in the face.

He left the room, saying, “I'm not leaving here without a fight,” loaded a 12-gauge shotgun and went to the basement. His wife and stepdaughter fled the house to safety.

At that point, Baker refused to leave his residence to be interviewed by police, but finally surrendered peacefully the next day.

Baker's preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday at District Judge Dwight Shaner's office was continued to June 11.

Baker remains in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

— From staff reports

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