Bethlehem police said a 21-year-old’s threats to shoot himself and others essentially shut down police service in the city for just over an hour Saturday.
Dylan Kovacs allegedly threatened to “do a George Hitcho” if anyone called police, referring to the Freemansburg man who shot and killed an officer responding to a call at his home.
Authorities charged Kovacs with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment, all misdemeanors. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 21-year-old Saturday evening, setting bail at $30,000. He posted bail Monday.
Police said in court records that officers have been to his Yeates Street home three or four times in the last month because of threats to harm himself. On Saturday, authorities closed down multiple streets around the home while they handled the situation.
Kovacs reportedly went in and out of the house several times during the incident, and he is known to own multiple firearms, according to police.
Police said the incident began with an argument between Kovacs and a 17-year-old girl. He allegedly kicked her out of his truck and told her to walk home, but later returned and demanded she get back into the truck, according to court records.
After returning to Kovacs’ home in the 700 block of Yeates Street, the teen began walking home only to have Kovacs allegedly pull up beside her with a gun pointed to his head, police said. The teen told police that Kovacs allegedly threatened to shoot both of them and later threatened to shoot her, Kovacs’ brother and any police officer that responded.
Authorities said Kovacs allegedly continued to make threats before his brother called police.
Authorities said in court records that the incident essentially shut down police service from about 10:54 a.m. to about noon.
His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26.