Accused shot during home invasion



A 31-year-old Susquehanna man was shot in the leg during a Jan. 13 home invasion robbery attempt in New Milford Twp.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Francis Muchanic knocked at the door of the Braman residence on Creek Rd. at about 7:30 p.m., and then forced his way into the home when David Braman, 69, partially opened the door.

Braman had come to the door with a loaded 357 Smith and Wesson revolver.
The police investigation revealed that Muchanic arrived at the residence with Dylan Brewer, 20, New Milford, and Evan Hess, 20, Forest City. The men had been driven to the home by Erica Major, 31, Forest City.

According to police, the men approached the residence and Muchanic was wearing a ski mask when he knocked on the door telling the victim that he needed to use his phone due to car problems.

Braman then realized the man was wearing a mask and attempted to close the door. He then forced his way in and began physically assaulting the man and knocked him to the ground.

Braman fired three shots inside his residence, hitting Muchanic once in the groin area.

According to police, Muchanic then exited the residence and fell to the ground. Brewer and Hess left Muchanic and fled the scene on foot.
Major, Muchanic’s girlfriend, then picked him up and the two fled in her vehicle.

Braman contact Susquehanna County 911 and reported the incident and shooting.

Shortly after the home invasion robbery, Major contacted the Susquehanna County Communications Center in Montrose. She reported that her boyfriend stopped to assist a disabled motorist on I-81 North in Great Bend Twp.
Major told the 911 dispatcher that when Muchanic exited the veicle, the motorist shot him in the groin area.

She then drove her vehicle north on I-81 to a rest area just over the state line. From there, Muchanic was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, N.Y., for treatment of the gunshot wound.

According to police, Muchanic was listed in critical condition.

Muchanic has been charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and criminal conspiracy.

Major was charged by Tpr. Mark Mulvey with a misdemeanor charge of false reports, along with felony counts of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Brewer was charged by Tpr. Mark Mulvey with felony criminal attempt/theft and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.

Hess has charged with criminal attempt/theft and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.

New York Police are charging Muchanic as a fugitive from justice based on PSP charges.

Major and Brewer were arraigned before District Judge Jeffrey Hollister in Montrose.

Major is being held on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 20 in New Milford District Court.

Brewer is being held on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 20 in New Milford District Court.

Hess has not been located and a warrant exists for his arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call PSP, Gibson 570-465-3154.

  • FrackDaddy

    Ironic this happened the day the similar trial was starting.

  • Jay Hammond

    Stand your ground laws should be legal everywhere. A lot less crime would happen if the criminals had to worry about getting hurt themselves.

  • FrackDaddy

    Agreed, I am very interested to see how the current case plays out!

  • Jay Hammond

    Stand your ground laws should be legal everywhere. A lot less crime would happen if the criminals had to worry about getting hurt themselves.

  • Jay Hammond

    I just moved back home after a few years in the Southern States. They have SYG there and quite a few home invaders never made it back out the door.

  • FrackDaddy

    Well they have some form of SYG now in PA. But the case that started today in Susquehanna County court will be one of if not the first one to go to trial in the state. So we will see.


    To bad Mr. Braham wasn’t a better shot.

  • Joanna Braman

    Hello everyone. This is David’s daughter. My father is the kindest man there is and I am asking everyone out there to please help catch EVAN HESS. He’s just 20 years old and has had prior run ins with the law. He must be caught immediately and prosecuted. We are looking more into this, but I am shocked that the worst charge against my father being beaten is being labeled as “simple assult”. Are you kidding me? Simple assault is throwing a napkin in someone’s face. This was more attempted murder as my father took a serious beating. I know the police are working hard and I have faith they will add more charges as the investigation continues. And I couldn’t be more thankful that my father showed up to the door with a 357, as he always does. If you can, please post EVAN HESS’S PICTURE AND ASK FRIENDS IF THEY KNOW HIM OR HAVE SEEN HIM. This kid already started his life out as a career criminal, so don’t let his childish looks fool you. Please help if you can. Thank you and God Bless!


    Joanna, I hope your dad is doing well, hopefully these punks are all brought to justice. I’m sure he’s holed up with another “gangsta” who will give him up at the first sign of trouble and want immunity for something else they did. In my eyes your dad is a hero, what if they did this to someone who didn’t have the presence of mind to arm and protect himself! These are career criminals,every one of them are known to the PSP, but the courts just keep letting them go. Maybe this coward will turn himself in, but I doubt it.

  • joe m

    How many other burglaries have these losers commited?Any idea?

  • FrackDaddy

    Wish your father a speedy recovery, Lets hope they find Mr. Hess sooner than later.

  • joe m

    How many other houses have they broken into I wonder?