2011-06-09 / Front Page

Man Uses Belt In Attack On Family

Andrew Skidmore jailed for assault
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Skidmore Skidmore A Warfordsburg area man was jailed Monday night in lieu of $50,000 bail after he allegedly choked a family member with a belt until she was unconscious.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg arrested 25- year-old Andrew Robert Skidmore of Warfordsburg on June 6 on counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. The charges stem from what began as a domestic dispute at 1996 Deneens Gap Road.

Arresting officer Trooper Garry Ford was dispatched to the residence at 11:02 p.m. after receiving a call from a 19-yearold female, who accused Skidmore of holding a knife to her neck and choking her during an argument. The woman was able to flee the home with aid from her parents and met troopers at a Pennsylvania Game Commission facility located at the intersection of Deneens Gap and Mill Hill roads.

The victim told police during an interview that she suspected Skidmore had been drinking before he showed up at the residence. When confronted, Skidmore allegedly “went crazy,” broke various items in the house and yelled at her, she said to the trooper.

The victim went on to tell police that Skidmore choked her as well as a older, female family member, who became unconscious. He then returned to choking the 19-year-old woman and held a knife to her neck, police added

“While she was waiting for her parents, Skidmore came out onto the porch with a gun. He told the victim that he would shoot the police if they came up the driveway. He also told her that he would kill the female family member and then kill himself if she left,” stated Ford in a press release, which noted the family member had regained consciousness and was lying on the floor when the victim left.

Police were unsuccessful in making contact with Skidmore or the other member of his family when they arrived. After forcefully entering the home, Skidmore was found “passed out” in his bed and was taken into custody without further incident.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne and remanded to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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