A Port Treverton, Snyder County couple who were wanted for alleged sexual assaults and for charges related to allegedly growing marijuana plants in their garage, as well as charges related to allegedly possessing a gun with a homemade silencer, have been apprehended in California.
According to Snyder County Sheriff John Zechman, 42-year-old Craig Poust and 24-year-old Chanel Kantz were apprehended in Siskiyou County, California. Although the couple was free on bail related to the weapon and drug charges, they were allegedly on the run since posting bail. According to The Daily Item in a report, Poust had met his $50,000 bail on March 3rd after the Reading-based A plus Bonds paid it. The couple will be extradited back to Pennsylvania, according to Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch. According to Zechman, a confidential informant who noticed the warrant on the county sheriff’s website realized they saw Poust and Kantz in California.
A search warrant which the Pennsylvania State Police in Selinsgrove filed stated that Poust and Kantz allegedly drugged, sexually assaulted, and took pictures of at least four women ages 19-24 between the fall of 2013 and January 2016. The alleged sexual assaults took place at the couple’s home as well as in a camper on their Silvercreek Road property. According to a report from The Daily Item, police searched for sexually explicit photos of Poust, Kantz, and another person when they executed the search warrant at the end of February. They also looked for cameras, computer equipment, as well as prescription medication that has the capability to “incapacitate” people’s mental or physical state. A Go Pro Hero camera, other cameras, computers, cellphones, and data storage devices were among the items seized by police.
A search warrant states that two victims allegedly drank alcohol at the couple’s home during the fall of 2014 and that they allegedly got more intoxicated then they would expect given the amount of alcohol they were given. The women also stated that they were half conscious, and that they remember Poust ordering them to do sexual acts to each other as well as Kantz. The women stated that they knew pictures were being taken. Another victim, who is 19, stated that the couple allegedly gave her alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and pills. The woman said that she frequently passed out at the home when she visited them during the fall of 2013. The woman said that although she did not want to engage in sexual contact with the couple, she was allegedly shown a sexually explicit picture of herself and Kantz.
Police also allegedly found 20 marijuana plants in the garage when they were executing the search warrant. Police also allegedly found a flower pot with a significant amount of marijuana that was cultivated, climate-controlled devices, and growing lights. In addition, police allegedly found a Smith and Wesson .22-caliber handgun. The gun was registered to Kantz. An oil filter that was made into a gun silencer was also allegedly found.
Poust is facing the following felony charges: 2nd degree Possession Of Firearm Prohibited; Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver; Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver; and Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver. Poust is also facing the following misdemeanor charges: Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg; 1st degree Make Repairs/Sell/Etc Offens Weap; and Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph. In regards to the weapon charge, court records state that Poust was convicted of felony aggravated assault in 1997.
Kantz is facing the following felony charges: Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver; Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg; and Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver. Kantz is also facing the following misdemeanor charges: Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph; and 1st degree Make Repairs/Sell/Etc Offens Weap.
Although the couple was released on bail, they were allegedly on the run until their recent capture. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.