Man Threatens To Blow Up Neighborhood, Standoff Ends Peacefully

MOUNT PLEASANT (KDKA) – A man who threatened to blow up his entire neighborhood surrendered peacefully after a standoff in Westmoreland County Wednesday morning.

According to police, the incident began around midnight at a home in the 800-block of West Vine Street in Mount Pleasant.

A man inside the home claimed allegedly opened a natural gas within the home, but officials quickly shut off the supply.

As a result, neighbors were evacuated until the situation was resolved.

Around 3 a.m. the man came out of the home and surrendered peacefully.

Neighbors said they have had trouble with him in the past.

“I’ve had a lot of problems, neighbors have had a lot of problems. He was very disrespectful, boisterous. My neighbor right across the street beat him up a couple of months ago. When I get a paper in the morning, I carry a gun. When I cut my grass, I carry a gun. If it doesn’t come to a head with police, it’s going to come to a head with one of the neighbors taking action against him. Just to protect themselves,” Gene Hostoffer said.

The man was taken for a mental evaluation and could face several charges including terroristic threats and risking a catastrophe.


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