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Man arrested following Bedford Co. standoff

By: WJAC Web Staff

MANN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Bedford County man is in custody, accused of holding police at bay in a standoff that started as a domestic situation.

State police at Bedford said Mark Mills Jr., 30, of Clearville, refused to come out of his home after a fight with this wife early Monday morning.

Mills and his 29-year-old wife, who was not named, were in an argument while he was driving his family to their home on Worcester Road in Mann Township at about 2:45 a.m., police said. Mills had been drinking prior to the argument.

While driving, Mills began to assault his wife, which was witnessed by their three children, ages 11, 7 and 3, investigators said. Once at the home, he forced his wife from the vehicle throwing her to the ground, where she hit her head. He then punched and kicked her.

Mills went into the home and refused to come out, police said. A state police special emergency response team (SERT) was activated to the home. After six hours, Mills came out of his home without incident.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Bedford County Jail, police said. Court documents showed he's facing assault, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children and other charges, and is being held on $250,000. He has a preliminary hearing set for March 5.

Police said Mill's wife suffered non-life threatening injuries. It was unclear where the wife and children were located during the standoff.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times