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Windsor Twp. man charged in police incident

Christopher Dornblaser
717-505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A Windsor Township man remains in York County Prison after an incident with York Area Regional Police Friday afternoon, according to charging documents.

John Wesley Arnold, 53, of 449 Appaloosa Way, is charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats causing public inconvenience, police said.

Around 12:30 p.m. Friday, York Area Regional Police responded to a mental health warrant, an involuntary mental-health commitment, at Arnold's residence, police said.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with Arnold several times, and Arnold cursed at the officers and threatened to shoot them, police said. He was charged with aggravated assault because he told police he would blow their heads off and had access to rifles for hunting, according to charging documents.

Police say officers attempted to get into the house but there were too many things stacked up against the door, making it impossible to get in.

Arnold's daughter came to the house and contacted police, telling them Arnold had been drinking and has mental issues, police said.

Police say Arnold had a conditional bail from a prior incident where he wasn't to have contact with his wife, who is in Florida, and wasn't to be living in the residence, which police cited as a possible reason for his paranoid behavior.

The incident caused authorities to shut down the road Friday afternoon, according to York County 911. The road was shut down around 2:15 p.m., county control said, and the incident was over by about 4 p.m.

Kids coming home from school were brought to Macaluso Elementary School, according to police.

The county's mobile command unit was also at the scene, according to 911. Arnold remains in York County Prison after being unable to post the $35,000 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com