HOUTZDALE — Three Indiana County teenagers are facing riot charges for their involvement in a shooting incident four months ago in Clearfield County. Six out-of-county juveniles were also charged in connection with the incident.
Cole Brown and Jasiah Williams, both 18, and Charles Smith, 19, were charged in a criminal complaint Tuesday by state police for the incident in Coalport in late June and arraigned before Houtzdale Magisterial District Judge James B. Glass.
All three were charged with felony riot and misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and face an Oct. 23 preliminary hearing.
Brown, of 209 Hickory Road, Armstrong Township, was arraigned on $50,000 unsecured bail but is not in jail, according to a court administrator. Williams and Smith, of 449 Philadelphia St., are both in the Clearfield County Prison after failing to post $2,500 bail.
Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. said four of the other juveniles are facing the same charges, and two others are charged with felony counts of riot, illegal possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm without a license, as well as misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, propulsion of missiles onto roadway, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.
None of the juveniles were identified.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, eight people went to engage in a fight with a person identified as James Potts in the 500 block of Main Street in Coalport on June 26 at approximately 9:14 p.m.
They located Potts and another group of people on the sidewalk, police said. An altercation broke out between the two groups, and they began throwing objects at each other. Two known juveniles in the group had bats and threw them at the other group. Two other individuals pulled out handguns and fired into the air, according to the criminal complaint.
Smith told police that while he was running away, he heard more shots.
Coalport Borough was put on lockdown during the incident because of the active-shooter situation.
Shaw said surveillance video taken from the Coalport Alliance Church was used to identify the suspects.
“This has been a very intensive investigation by the state police to identify those involved with this incident,” Shaw said in a statement. “I am very aware of the issues facing Coalport Borough, and I am working very hard with the state police to investigate, identify and prosecute those who are causing the problems.
“I can tell you that more arrests are coming out of Coalport. … Drug dealers and those committing crime in Coalport need to abandon their criminal activity. I can tell you with certainty we know who you are, and you are going to be arrested.”