Russell Stiffler, 90, Accused Of Punching State Trooper (VIDEO)

03/20/2013 05:47 pm ET
  • David Moye Pop culture journalist, HuffPost Weird News

A 90-year-old man in Pennsylvania has been arrested after being accused of punching a state trooper.

On Friday night, police in Armagh, Pa., came to the home of Russell Stiffler to check on Stiffler's wife, Jane, at the request of Mildred Smith, her daughter from a previous marriage. She had recently suffered a stroke and was trying to notify her mother of her medical condition, WTAE-TV reported.

However, repeated calls to the Stifflers' home ended in hang-ups and Stiffler allegedly threatened to shoot any troopers or medical personnel who came to his home.

"He threatened he had a piece in the trailer, a revolver, a small revolver. He had a couple rifles. You don't do that," Debra Smith, Jane's granddaughter told the station.

When the troopers visited the Stiffler home, he repeatedly ignored commands to show his hands or step off a front porch, cops said. When two troopers approached Stiffler and took him to the ground, the suspect allegedly punched Scott Mackanick, one of the troopers, according to the Indiana Gazette.

Mackanick was not injured, according to KDKA-TV, but Stiffler was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment.

He is currently lodged in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, and faces a preliminary hearing on March 25, TribLive.com reported.

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