Several charges dropped against Connellsville man involved in police standoff
By Mark Hofmann
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
Almost half the charges filed against a Connellsville man involved in a police standoff in April were dropped.
But Randy Scott Flack, 56, of 208 Snyder St. will face trial on charges of unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person, harassment with lewd and threatening language and disorderly conduct.
Charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats causing serious public inconvenience, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and simple assault were withdrawn Thursday prior to a scheduled preliminary hearing before District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.
According to the criminal complaint, Connellsville police responded to Flack's residence at 8:41 p.m. April 13 where it was reported a male had a loaded handgun, threatened to shoot himself and refused to let a woman leave. The male was identified as Flack.
Police arrived and attempted to make contact. The woman in the house contacted 911 and in the background Flack was heard screaming for the police to get back in their cars or else. Police were finally able to make contact with Flack, who wasn't willing to come out. At 9:33 p.m., the woman exited the residence and was moved away by police. Flack exited the house and surrendered without incident a short time later.
Flack is free on $10,000 unsecured bond. It was reduced from the original $75,000 bond.
Robbery charges waived
The charges against a Connellsville man who allegedly robbed a convenience store were waived to Fayette County Court on Thursday.
Todd Alan Swink, 24, of 403 E. Green St., was scheduled to appear before Haggerty on Thursday. He was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and drug offenses.
At 11:15 p.m. April 2, police allege he entered the South Side Grocer, walked around the store for several minutes before approaching the cashier and demanding money. Police reported that Swink put his hand in his coat pocket but did not show a weapon.
The employee gave him money from the register, and Swink fled on foot, police said.
Police determined Swink was the robber after viewing video surveillance from the store; they apprehended him a short time later.
He remains lodged in the Fayette County Prison with bail set at $50,000.
Robbery hearing continued
The Connellsville man who allegedly robbed an Indian Head bank was scheduled to appear before Haggerty on Thursday. His hearing was continued.
Police allege James Anthony Shroyer, 51, stole a car in Connellsville at 1:06 p.m. March 28.
Shroyer allegedly drove the vehicle to the First National Bank at 2066 Indian Head Road and entered the building, concealing his face.
Shroyer concealed something in his hand, pointed it at a female teller and demanded money, which he received, but dropped the money bag as he ran to the vehicle.
Police spotted the car southbound on Route 711 and began a pursuit, traveling along several dirt roads before Shroyer rammed a police car and crashed.
Shroyer was charged with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.
He remains in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-626-3539.
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