Two accused of threatening bar patrons with weapons

EBENSBURG – A Johnstown man is in the Cambria County jail after police said he and his brother threatened bar patrons with a baseball bat and machete, and then hit two people with their vehicle while fleeing the scene.

According to Ebensburg Borough Police, brothers Christian Philip Gabor, 22, and Derek Michael Kovach, 24, both of Johnstown, were fighting outside the William Inn along Rowena Drive about 1 a.m. Sunday when, witnesses said, one brother called the other a racial slur and the fight escalated.

When two bar patrons attempted to break up the fight, police said, the brothers turned their anger toward them.

Police said Gabor and Kovach went to their vehicle and returned wielding a machete and a small baseball bat to threaten the two patrons, but when they were confronted by other bar patrons and realized they were outnumbered, they decided to leave.

As they drove away, witnesses told police the brothers’ vehicle struck two people, damaging the vehicle’s front end and the driver’s side mirror.

A witness told police he also managed to kick the brother’s vehicle, leaving a dent.

Police said one patron suffered minor injuries.

Witness stories were confirmed, police said, after they arrived at the brothers’ home and saw the vehicle for themselves.

When police attempted to tow the vehicle away as part of a search warrant, the brothers’ mother, Lynnette Gabor, came out of the house and yelled at the officers, police said.

According to police, she told them her sons were not involved with a stabbing at The Castle Pub along North Center Street.

Police said they tried to explain to her that they were not there regarding that incident, but the report said that she appeared to be “in a very intoxicated state,” and they had to warn her that she would be arrested for tampering with evidence if she tried to touch the car.

Both Kovach and Gabor are charged with multiple counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats, along with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Gabor is also charged with six counts of aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime.

Gabor is being held on 10 percent of a $40,000 bond, according to online court documents, while Kovach was released on $20,000 unsecured bond.

Both are scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Creany Jan. 21 for a preliminary hearing.