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Man Convicted of Aggravated Assault in Armed Police Standoff

November 7, 2016

Contact: Antonetta Stancu, 215.348.6340, astancu@buckscounty.org

A Levittown man who engaged in an armed, all-day standoff with Bensalem police last spring was convicted of felony assault and other charges today in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.

Russsell Treloar, 52, of Jolly Lane, was convicted by Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after a brief, nonjury trial.

Bateman deferred sentencing to allow Treloar’s defense attorney to gather mitigating information.

Bensalem officers arrested Treloar on March 28 after a tense, eight-hour standoff at the Mall Motel on Old Lincoln Highway.

Treloar, who has a history of mental illness, barricaded himself inside room C-18 that morning, armed with a handgun and threatening to kill himself. A caller told 911 dispatchers that Treloar was yelling that police had been watching him and would not tell him why.

Police arrived at the motel at about 7:30 a.m. Treloar told them that he had a gun and that he either was going to commit suicide or force police to shoot him to death, court documents said.

The motel was evacuated, and police surrounded the premises while negotiators tried to convince Treloar to surrender.

For much of the day he refused, responding with more threats, throwing objects out of his window, and training his gun on officers. Police reported hearing several gunshots from inside the motel room.

Bensalem Detectives Jack Gohl and Tom Jackson testified today that they were concerned for the safety of dozens of officers at the scene.

At about 4 p.m., members of a SWAT team were able to subdue Treloar with the use of tear gas, a Taser and a round of nonlethal foam ammunition.

Deputy District Attorney Antonetta Stancu, who prosecuted the case, praised the effort and restraint displayed by Bensalem police and the SWAT team members.

“It was only through their patience in this eight-hour ordeal that they were able to protect the community and prevent a major tragedy,” Stancu said. “If not for their talent and dedication, things could have ended very differently.”

Approved for release by Gregg Shore, Deputy District Attorney.

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Phone: 215-348-6344 
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