Barricaded Chartiers man arrested

July 15, 2013

A Chartiers Township man was arrested Saturday morning by township police after he barricaded himself in his home following a domestic incident with his estranged wife and her friend.

Carl Vozniak, 72, of 200 Gormley St., Meadow Lands, is also accused of holding a gun and pointing it at Jacob Wells, 50, of Canonsburg. Wells is a friend of Vozniak’s 69-year-old wife, Martha Vozniak.

Chartiers police were called at 9:44 a.m. for a report of a man who pulled a handgun on his estranged wife and her friend while they were at home removing some of her belongings.

Martha Vozniak and Wells told Officers Harry Miller and Edgar Ellis that Carl Vozniak became agitated and started yelling at them.

Carl Vozniak then reached over to a table and retrieved a .22-caliber pistol that was in a leather holster and placed it on his lap.

The two alleged victims told police that he started playing with the firearm before removing it and pointing it at Wells.

The two then left the house over concern for their safety.

Miller asked a 911 dispatcher to call Carl Vozniak, who refused to talk with police.

He also allegedly told the dispatcher that he would harm himself and police because he no longer cared. Miller made several attempts to call Vozniak and ask him to come to the front door.

When Vozniak told Miller that he was not coming out, the officer asked for assistance from police in Canonsburg and North and South Strabane townships.

Miller again called for Vozniak to come to the door, but he slammed it shut.

Police were able to convince Vozniak to come out of the house and place his hands on his pickup truck.

As police were trying to take him into custody, Vozniak tried to reach inside the truck and grab a beer. Police were then able to subdue him and place him in handcuffs.

Vozniak was arraigned before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on two counts each of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

He was placed in Washington County Jail on $15,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 24 before District Judge David Mark.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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