Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, said that Robert Brundage, Jr., age 52, of Sterling Township, is in custody as of Sunday morning Nov. 17 on 10 counts of Attempted Homicide and 10 counts of Aggravated Assault.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, Brundage initially physically assaulted his girlfriend, Hope Hernandez, age 47, Saturday night. Brundage also poured gasoline on her and then retrieved a pistol and said “I want you dead”. Brundage fired five shots at Hernandez.
Hernandez then fled to a neighbor’s home and called 911. Pennsylvania State Troopers from the Honesdale Barracks and PSP Blooming Grove responded to the scene. Brundage then fired numerous shots at the responding troopers from his home.
Officers from the Dunmore PSP Barracks assisted at the scene and the Special Emergency Response Team from the Pennsylvania State Police were summoned and arrived shortly thereafter. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Brundage surrendered to law enforcement by voluntarily exiting his home. Brundage was taken into custody and later arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards with bail set at $1,000,000.00.
District Attorney Edwards stated “this was an extraordinary incident wherein the dangers of being a police officer are clear. The Pennsylvania State Police acted swiftly and with extreme precision to secure the scene and ended the encounter without the loss of life. They should be commended.”
The filing of criminal charges in not evidence of guilt, but simply a description of the charge made by the Commonwealth against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the Commonwealth has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant enters a guilty plea to the charges.