Mt. Carmel man who barricaded himself in bathroom pleads guilty
SUNBURY - A 52-year-old former Mount Carmel man, who barricaded himself in a second-floor bathroom at his old residence and threatened to kill himself with a large hunting knife last year, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor of resisting arrest and will be sentenced within 90 days.
Andrew Zakashefskie, who currently resides in Philipsburg and reportedly is in the process of moving to the Allentown area, entered the plea before Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor under the advisement of public defender Paige Rosini.
Rosini requested house arrest for her client, whose prior record score of 5 pertains mostly to older incidents.
Saylor accepted the plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case.
All other charges filed by Mount Carmel police will not be prosecuted at sentencing.
Zakashefski, who formerly resided at 507 E. Ave., Mount Carmel, 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 Ambulance. 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 47-year-old live-in girlfriend, Kathy Lewiski, who was found unharmed.