Man skips second sentencing; arrest warrant issued
SUNBURY - An arrest warrant was issued Monday morning by Judge Charles Saylor for a former Mount Carmel man who failed to appear for the second time for sentencing.
Andrew Zakashefski, 52, who currently resides in Tamaqua, was scheduled for sentencing at 9:15 a.m., but did not show up at Northumberland County Courthouse. Public defender Paige Rosini told the judge she didn't know why her client wasn't in court. Saylor then issued a warrant for his arrest.
Zakashefski is accused of barricading himself in a second-floor bathroom at his former borough residence at 507 E. Avenue and threatening to kill himself with a large hunting knife last year.
On May 5, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of resisting arrest.
Zakashefskie, who also has resided in Philipsburg since his arrest, was taken into custody after police used a pepper spray canister to draw him out of the room before deploying a Taser gun during the disturbance Jan. 30, 2013.
Zakashefski suffered a wrist laceration from falling after being stunned with the Taser gun and was treated at the scene by personnel from AREA Services. He was then transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he was involuntarily committed for evaluation on a mental health "302" warrant before being committed to county prison, police said.
Shortly after arriving at the residence, officers observed Zakashefski on a second-floor back porch armed with a large hunting knife he was holding up to his neck. Zakashefski then ran into the home and barricaded himself in a second-floor bathroom, police said.
Police reported Zakashefski began throwing household items out the windows and refused demands by police to exit the home.
Police said they believed Zakashefski may have been under the influence of bath salts, which contributed to his behavior.
Officers entered the residence to check on the safety of Zakashefski's live-in girlfriend, Kathy Lewiski, who was found unharmed.