Defendant in Knox standoff waives hearing

From staff reports

A Knox man who was involved in a standoff with Clarion state police two weeks ago waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Clarion County Court.

Kenneth Hannold, 20, was charged with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and harassment in connection with the seven-hour incident Feb. 27.

A criminal complaint filed by police says Hannold locked himself in the basement of a residence on Route 208 near Knox after threatening to shoot everyone in the home.

Hannold’s mother, who had received a call from her daughter, called police. The daughter said “Ken was going crazy and threatened to shoot everyone in the house,” the complaint said.

In addition to Hannold, five other people were in the home, including a 1-year-old girl, the complaint said.

One of those in the home told police that Hannold had smashed a television with a bat before going to the basement. Hannold allegedly said that if he were to hear any sirens he would “shoot everyone and that he wasn’t afraid to get shot by police,” the complaint said.

Hannold’s mother told police that there was a gun cabinet in the basement and that Hannold had a key to the cabinet and knew how to use the guns, according to the complaint.

The complaint said multiple attempts were made to contact Hannold, and he was eventually taken into custody without incident.