Charges filed against Cecil man following Thanksgiving Day standoff

  • November 23, 2012
Joseph Kovan

Charges were filed against a Cecil Township man who was jailed early Friday following a Thanksgiving Day standoff with police at his residence after he allegedly had fired several shots at family members while armed with an assault rifle.

Joseph Jene Kovan, 41, of 13 Charles St., is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, court records show.

According to Cecil Township police, Kovan shot at his father and sister at his residence after he began arguing with relatives while under the influence of alcohol, but no one was injured. The Washington County Regional SWAT Team was summoned to the residence after Kovan’s parents managed to flee the house and call 911 at 5:10 p.m. Officers later persuaded Kovan to allow his sister to leave the residence, police said.

Kovan was taken into custody outside his residence about 8:30 p.m., police said. He was arraigned early Friday before District Judge Robert Redlinger and remanded to the Washington County jail on $100,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 3 before District Judge Valarie Costanzo.


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