A Port Allegany man accused of making threats in two cases — one which prompted law enforcement to shut down U.S. Route 6 for 14 hours — has pleaded guilty.
The crimes for which Damian M. Andreano, 41, was accused, happened more than two years apart, one in June 2016 and the other in November 2018.
On Thursday in McKean County Court, Andreano pleaded guilty in the earlier to a charge of recklessly endangering another person, a second-degree misdemeanor, and in the later case to a charge of terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.
On June 30, 2016, Andreano pulled fuses and wires out of a vehicle that was holding two adult women and a child, poured liquid on the vehicle and threatened to light it on fire, explained District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer.
Then, on Nov. 9, 2018, Andreano made a threat to his grandmother to burn the house down, which not only prompted the others in the house to evacuate but stopped normal activities on Route 6, according to Shaffer.
Andreano will be sentenced Oct. 24.
Kane-based state police reported in November that numerous agencies were called to assist them in the standoff, including a state police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), Smethport Police Department, Port Allegany Police Department, Smethport Fire Department, Port Allegany Ambulance, Port Allegany’s Star Hose Co. #1 and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Court records filed at the time of Andreano’s arrest in November indicated that he indicated that he wanted to die in a police shootout.
Several hours into the standoff, the SERT eventually entered the residence and found Andreano barricaded in the attic, the criminal complaint had stated. Law enforcement struck him with four Taser probes before they were able to take him into custody, and he was taken by Port Allegany Ambulance to Bradford Regional Medical Center, where the probes were removed.
No other injuries were reported.