Accused turns himself in to police
BY STACI WILSON
The man wanted in connection with the Jan. 13 home invasion robbery in New Milford Twp. turned himself in to Forest City Police on January 24.
Even Hess, 20, Forest City, was arraigned Friday by District Judge Suzanne Brainard. He was charged with felony counts of criminal attempt – theft by unlawful taking – movable property; and conspiracy – robbery- inflict, threaten, immediate bodily injury.
Bail for Hess was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 3 in New Milford District Court.
Erika Major and Dylan Brewer both waived their Jan. 20 preliminary hearings in the case.
Major, 31, Susquehanna, was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property; Brewer was charged with criminal attempt/theft and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.
Charges have also been filed against Francis Muchanic, 31, Susquehanna, who was shot in the groin area during the robbery. An update on his condition was not available.
According to police, the four now facing charges went to the Braman residence on Creek Rd., New Milford Twp., at about 7:40 p.m. Braman answered a knock at his door, carrying a loaded 357 Smith and Wesson revolver. Muchanic, Brewer and Hess approached the residence Braman said the Muchanic said he needed to use the phone because of car problems.
Braman then noticed Muchanic was wearing a ski mask and attempted to close the door on him but the man forced his way in to the residence and began physically assaulting Braman and knocked him to the ground.
Braman told police he fired three shots, hitting Muchanic once in the groin area. Muchanic then exited the residence and fell to the ground. Brewer and Hess fled the scene on foot.
Major picked up Muchanic and fled the scene in her vehicle. She then called police reporting that Muchanic had been shot while attempting to assist a disabled motorist on I-81.
Major drove Muchanic into New York where the couple was met by police and an ambulance at a rest area.
Muchanic was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy.