Three Officers Injured During Struggle With Wanted Man in Franklin

| January 13, 2021

PoliceFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Three officers were injured during a struggle with a man who was arrested on multiple warrants on Saturday.

Court documents indicate the Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 38-year-old Robert Ashley Hostinsky, of Claysville, on January 9.

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:23 p.m. on January 9, Franklin-based State Police were working with Franklin Police and Oil City Police searching for Robert Hostinsky due to “numerous active and extraditable warrants.”

Franklin-based State Police then received notice that Franklin Police had Hostinsky on a traffic stop after they observed him with his upper torso out the passenger side window of a vehicle. Franklin-based State Police then proceeded to the scene of the traffic stop.

According to the complaint, Hostinsky appeared to be extremely agitated, nervous, and energetic, with his fist and teeth tightened without reason and his body twitching uncontrollably.

Hostinsky reportedly admitted to police that he had smoked methamphetamine recently, and said he was nervous because “he did not want to be killed.” The complaint notes Hostinsky spoke in erratic patterns and was difficult to understand, with an apparently short attention span, changing the topic of conversation rapidly and without reason.

Hostinsky was then asked to step out of his vehicle and complied. However, the complaint states that once he was out of the vehicle, he refused to allow police to handcuff him and pulled away after his left hand was cuffed. Police then took Hostinsky to the ground, where he allegedly continued to struggle and refuse to cooperate.

The complaint notes Hostinsky was “extremely energetic” in his struggle, and “appeared to not feel pain and/or have a high pain threshold as routine pain compliance techniques were not effective.”

During the incident, Hostinsky was tased several times before finally being handcuffed, according to the complaint.

The complaint also notes that three officers were injured during the arrest due to Hostinsky’s actions.

Hostinsky was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 1:30 p.m. on January 11, on the following charges:

– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Public Drunkenness and Similar Misconduct, Summary

He was lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied due to “flight risk. Def will not appear for court appearances. Has history of failing to appear/resisting.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on January 20, with Judge Kirtland presiding.

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