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Former Adrian Fugitive Found Guilty of PFA Violation

Chester E. Croyle, Jr.

By Jonathan Weaver

An Adrian man that resisted arrest by the Armstrong County Sheriff’s Department and Pennsylvania State Police troopers in May for violating his Protection from Abuse (PFA) order was sentenced to serve additional jail time earlier this week.

Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Panchik found Chester E. Croyle, Jr. – 43 of Adrian – guilty after trial Monday morning and sentenced Croyle, Jr. to six months of incarceration in the Armstrong County Jail.

According to the original indirect criminal contempt complaint filed by Kittanning Borough Police, Croyle, Jr. – who formerly lived along Old Reesdale Road in Adrian – called the complainant multiple times in March, a violation of his PFA order.

In Judge Panchik’s order, he said he will consider enrollment in the Domestic Abuse Counseling Center program and any probationary plan would be subject to that program’s completion.

Trial is pending for Croyle, Jr. on resisting arrest and disorderly conduct from the May standoff, which lasted about nine hours and caused local deputies to call on the State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) for assistance – who threw tear gas in the trailer Croyle, Jr. would not come out of.

Sheriff Bill Rupert said the intention at that time – and through the entire standoff – was to capture Croyle “peacefully.”

Both Johns Road and Spring Run Road were closed to traffic. School bus traffic for Armstrong School District students was also detoured, with students instead being transported to the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department along Reesedale Road.

Croyle, Jr. was already in the county jail located in Rayburn Township due to state police charges from early-2013. According to the Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Release and Croyle, Jr’s criminal docket, Croyle, Jr. was taken into custody and incarcerated on the bench warrant, a mental health warrant and a warrant for two counts of suspected felony rape of a child, two counts of felony statutory sexual assault to an individual 11 years of age or older, endangering the welfare of children and two counts of misdemeanor indecent assault during an alleged January 1, 2013 incident.

Online court documents show the bench warrant for the PFA violation was ordered March 25 by Armstrong County President Judge Kenneth Valasek.