Report of Shots Fired During Domestic Dispute Leads to Discovery of Stolen Vehicle

PoliceRIDGWAY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police say a vehicle that was stolen in DuBois was recovered in Elk County on Saturday following a report of shots fired during a domestic incident in Ridgway Township.

Around 12:54 a.m. on April 10, Ridgway-based State Police responded to a residence on Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township for a report of shots fired during a domestic dispute.

Police say the suspect in the incident, identified as 30-year-old Timothy Bender, of Ridgway, fled into the woods behind the residence before their arrival at the scene.

Police then conducted a search of the area, and Bender was taken into custody without further incident.

According to police, an investigation into the incident found that Bender had allegedly stolen a vehicle in the city of DuBois and drove it to the location, where it was later recovered.

The victims of the incident are listed as a 74-year-old Ridgway man, a 74-year-old Ridgway woman, and a 21-year-old Bigler woman.

Court documents indicate the following charges were filed against Bender through Magisterial District Judge James L. Martin’s office on April 10:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Felony 1
– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause or causes Bodily Injury with deadly weapon, Felony 2
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Stalking – Repeatedly Comm. To Cause Fear, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Possession of Firearm Prohibited, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (four counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Unauthorized Use Motor/Other Vehicles, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (two counts)
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary (three counts)
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Summary

Police say Bigler was lodged in the Elk County Jail in lieu of unspecified bail.

No further details were released.


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