A day after state police at Indiana announced its monthly list of Five Most Wanted suspects, four names came off that list — including the object of a search that followed a crime spree Friday in three area townships.
“David Paul Dilts Jr., 36, of Penn Run, who was wanted for 13 felony counts, was taken into custody,” Indiana state police spokesman Trooper Cliff Greenfield said Tuesday afternoon.
Dilts was apprehended at 1:25 p.m.
“Acting on a tip, Troop A, Indiana Patrol Unit members responded to Twolick Drive, White Township,” Greenfield said. “(They) observed Dilts walking in the area.”
Troopers quickly took Dilts into custody.
He was arraigned before Blairsville Magisterial District Judge Jennifer J. Rega who placed him in Indiana County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing at 10:40 a.m. on Dec. 11.
Dilts also faces 13 misdemeanor and five summary counts, in a series of incidents last Friday:
• He allegedly stole the keys to a 2016 Nissan Frontier from a house along Main Street in Conemaugh Township and drove it away while the owners were not at home.
• Later on, along Short Lane, Young Township, a woman fought unsuccessfully to keep a man, later identified as Dilts, from exiting her home with her .22-caliber rifle.
• Then, along Iselin Road, Young Township, residents said a man, believed to be Dilts, drove to the rear of their house, and poked the barrel of the rifle through an open window, but fled when another man inside threatened to shoot Dilts with a handgun if he entered the house.
• Shortly after dusk, along Gamble and Germany Lutheran Cemetery roads, West Wheatfield Township, investigators discovered the stolen truck had been wrecked and abandoned. Police found a black hooded sweatshirt matching the one worn by the suspect described by the victims.
• Some time later, on Roy Boring Road, West Wheatfield Township, police believe Dilts approached a man walking a dog, pointed the rifle at him and demanded his vehicle.
The man threw Dilts to the ground and took the gun from him; Dilts fled on foot and unarmed, according to investigators.
The felonies include five counts of burglary, three of theft by unlawful taking, two apiece of criminal attempt-robbery and criminal attempt–receiving stolen property, and one of criminal trespass.
The misdemeanors include four apiece of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal attempt-terroristic threats, as well as one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The summary counts include criminal mischief, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving, reckless driving and failure to notify police of damage to a vehicle in an accident.
As for the remainder of the Five Most Wanted announced by Greenfield on Monday, three are free on $5,000 unsecured bond apiece, pending preliminary hearings:
• Michael Paul Jacobs, 28, whose last known address also was Blairsville, was wanted for a felony count of violating Megan’s Law registration. He was taken into custody during a traffic stop conducted by Indiana troopers and faces a Dec. 24 hearing at 9 a.m. before Homer City Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee.
• Carrie Ann Aukerman, 27, whose last known address was Blairsville, was taken into custody by Latrobe city police. She was wanted for a felony count of conspiracy to violate Megan’s Law registration as well as for false swearing, and faces a 9:15 a.m. hearing Dec. 24 before Steffee.
• Devon Miles Settle, 32, whose last known address was Penn Run, turned himself in to state police at Indiana. He faces a count of endangering the welfare of children in Penn Run, as well as two drug-related misdemeanors, and is scheduled for a Jan. 13 hearing at 10:20 a.m. before Clymer Magisterial District Judge Christopher S. Welch.
Still at large is Darryl Lynn Higgins, 35, whose last known address was McIntyre, Young Township. State police said he is wanted for a felony count of domestic strangulation in a Nov. 4 incident in McIntyre.