ATHENS TOWNSHIP, PA. (WENY) – The Athens Township Police Department has released more information regarding the day-long standoff that occurred Tuesday night into Wednesday.
According to police, on Tuesday, August 7 around 7:20 in the evening, officers attempted to serve a mental health warrant involving threats of violence on 20-year-old William Hudock of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hudock was reported to be home alone with a recently purchased AR-15 rifle and refused to go outside for the officers.
Through the phone conversations, with Hudock, Hudock admitted to police he had the gun by his side to protect himself. Police then set a perimeter and contained Hudock to the home.
Through the overnight hours, police saw Hudock on the rooftop of the home, reportedly moving in a “stealthy manner and laying prone on the peaks for several hours”.
Hudock was eventually taken into custody at his home without injury and was transported to Robert Packer Hospital.
Hudock is being criminally charged with Persons not to Possess, Use, Manufacture, Control Sell or Transfer Firearms, as Hudock was prohibited by law to possess a firearm.
He was also charged with resisting arrest.
Athens Township Police were assisted by the Sayre Borough Police, Athens Borough Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania State Police SERT Team, Athens Township Fire Department, Sayre Borough Fire Department and Greater Valley EMS.