Police tape surrounds a singed gas pump on Tuesday at the Sheetz convenience store along Graham Avenue in Windber.

A Windber man who police said held his girlfriend hostage in a borough apartment after setting fire to gas pumps at Sheetz was arraigned Tuesday on a rash of charges including kidnapping and arson.

Authorities are said they don’t know why Richard E. Hoffman, 41, of the 505 block of Ninth Street, set fire to gas pumps at Sheetz on Graham Avenue around 7 p.m. Monday and then fled to a nearby apartment on 13th Street where he held a woman hostage.

“We have no idea what’s in his mind,” Windber police Sgt. Richard Skiles said.

Hoffman surrendered to authorities around 3:30 a.m. after the Johnstown/ Richland Special Emergency Response Team – SERT – was dispatched.

Hoffman is charged with arson, causing a catastrophe, criminal mischief, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and kidnaping.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Arthur Cook and sent to the Somerset County Jail on $100,000 bond.

More than 50 members from various police agencies surrounded the apartment where Hoffman holed up.

He told authorities he was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and threatened to shoot police.

“Cpl. (Dan) Croyle negotiated for the girl’s release, and I spoke to him on three occasions,” Skiles said. “When communication broke down, I turned it over to SERT. It was a cooperative effort.

“Nobody had a scratch.”

Hostage Karen Stigers was uninjured, police said.

Authorities searched the apartment but found no weapon, Skiles said.

“There were snipers in my building and on the roof,” said Blair Murphy, owner of the Windber Midway Hotel.

“It was like a movie. They were there for hours,” he said.

“The whole building was dark. You could never tell they were all over the place. It was well coordinated.”

Sheetz remained open through the night and workers were at the scene Tuesday assessing the damage, but no estimate was available. Aside from the pumps, the overhead canopy also suffered damage.

“We already had crews on site today replacing the pumps and we should be up and running (at those pumps) in a day or so,” Sheetz spokeswoman Stephanie Hoovers said. “We’re just thankful nobody got hurt, customers or employees.”

Hoffman has a criminal record dating to 1989, when he and several others were implicated in a burglary scheme in Windber.

He was sentenced to 40 months to seven years in state prison and given probation after pleading guilty to escape, simple assault, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, court records show.

He also was ordered to pay more than $7,800 restitution to two area businesses.

Hoffman’s preliminary hearing is 11 a.m. April 18 before District Judge Joseph Cannoni.

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