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February 17, 2013

In brief: Police seeking kidnap suspect

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown police are looking for a man they say kidnapped a woman at gunpoint from her apartment in Oakhurst Homes.

Police say Shane Johnson went to the woman’s apartment early Saturday, demanding drugs and money.

When the woman called a relative to get more cash, Johnson allegedly forced her to leave two young children home alone and go with him to the other location.

Once the two arrived at the second location, police said, the woman was able to run into a home and call police.

She was able to identify Johnson, who fled the scene and remains at large.

He is described as 5 feet,

8 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds.

Johnson is considered armed and dangerous, police said, urging those who have any information to call 533-2074 or 800-281-1680.

Man facing charges in separate incidents

MEYERSDALE – A Keystone Street man was arrested early Sunday, facing charges in two incidents occurring within 90 minutes at different locations.

Derek Allen Schardt, 23, was in Dub’s Bar in Garrett just after midnight when, police said, he slapped a woman in the head and threatened to kill her if she testified against a member of his family.

Then about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police said, a woman confronted a man inside her

Lincoln Street home in Meyersdale when she got up to let her dog outside. The man immediately fled, but police were able to follow tracks in the snow.

The trail led directly to Schardt’s Keystone Street home, where he was arrested.

Schardt was taken to Somerset County Jail after failing to post $15,000 bond. He faces charges of witness intimidation, terroristic threats, harassment, burglary, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Catalytic converters taken from vehicles

CENTRAL CITY – Somerset state police are looking for two suspects who stole catalytic converters from vehicles in a Comcast building along Route 30 in Stonycreek Township.

The thefts occurred early Jan. 27 after the thieves cut a fence to gain access to the secured lot, police said. They then cut the converters from six vehicles. Two were left in the lot.

The devices reduce pollution and are part of the exhaust system. Thefts have been increasing nationally because of rising cost of some metals in the converters.

Surveillance video from the scene show two people wearing ski masks walking east when they left view of the cameras.

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