COLUMBUS — A Corry man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly strangled a woman and then attempted to shoot a man who stopped the attack at a Warren County residence on Saturday night.
Pennsylvania State Police at Warren charged Tab D. Hunter Jr., 36, of Corry, with felony counts of attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault as well as second-degree misdemeanor counts of strangulation, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.
The alleged attempted shooting and strangulation occurred as Hunter and another known male arrived at a 41-year-old woman's residence in the 40000 block of Route 6 in Columbus Township at about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. The woman told police that after about 15 minutes, Hunter demanded she return a gun to him that he believed to be his, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with a police criminal complaint.
Hunter became aggressive and grabbed the woman by the throat. The woman said the two of them fell to the ground with Hunter on top of her still choking her before a male friend of hers kicked Hunter in the face to stop the assault, the affidavit states.
Hunter then pulled a pistol on the 36-year-old male friend of the victim and is reported to have shot several rounds from a .40 caliber pistol at the man, according to a news release from PSP Warren.
The woman told police that Hunter shot at least three rounds at her friend as he was running away toward a grassy and wooded area on the back side of the residence, the affidavit states.
Police said Hunter then stuck a knife in the tire of the woman's vehicle and shot several holes into the hood, front windshield and roof of the vehicle with the same gun. The woman said Hunter and the other male who arrived with him then got into a blue Ford F-150 and drove away, heading eastbound on Route 6.
The identity of the male with Hunter was not released by state police.
The Troop E Forensic Services Unit responded to the scene of the incident and located five .40 caliber shell casings and documented five bullet holes in the female victim's black Scion, according to the affidavit.
During an interview with a trooper, the male victim said Hunter made a statement to the effect of "If you don't get my gun in 20 minutes, I am going to kill you," the affidavit states.
The male victim told police after he stopped the accused from choking the woman on the ground, Hunter stood up, pulled a black pistol from the front of his pants and pointed it directly at him. The male victim said they were about 7 feet apart when this happened, according to the affidavit.
Troopers from the state police barracks in Corry and Warren along with officers from the city of Corry Police Department served a felony arrest warrant on Hunter at 127 Airport Road, Corry, at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday, according to a Corry City Police news release.
Hunter, whose last known address is listed as Apache Avenue in Corry, was taken into custody without incident and was then transported to state police barracks to be interviewed and processed.
"Another violent crime took place and our guys were called by state police for some assistance,” said Corry City Police Chief Rich Shopene. “Our guys were able to help develop information to get this person in custody and put away.”
Hunter was arraigned before District Judge Daniel Miller in Forest County on Sunday and was committed to Warren County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 7 before District Judge Todd Woodin in Youngsville.
Police said this incident is currently under active investigation with additional search warrants still pending.