Two people escaped injury as a hail of gunfire peppered their vehicle in Hawley Borough Tuesday night. Their alleged assailant who State Police described as the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims, was taken into custody and jailed for trying to kill them.
The accused gunman was identified by police as Brian Christopher Sanford, age 27, if Greeley. He was visiting the apartment of his former girlfriend, age 32, at 155 School Avenue in Hawley, when another man, a 34-year old Pleasant Mount resident, showed up. This was at about 10:30 p.m.
According to the affidavit filed by Trooper John Chervanka, Pa. State Police at Honesdale, the Pleasant Mount man is currently the boyfriend of the 32-year-old woman. When the Pleasant Mount man drove up, the woman came outside and appeared visibly upset. She told him that her ex-boyfriend, Sanford, was at her apartment, and was supposed to be moving out with his belongings.
As the woman sat with the current boyfriend in his 1996 GMC, Sanford came out onto the second floor deck allegedly holding what appeared to be an assault rifle.
The woman told her boyfriend not to worry, and then asked Sanford what he was doing with a gun.
Sanford then ordered the woman to exit the vehicle.
The Pleasant Mount man, still in the GMC with the woman, asked her if she was sure that Sanford was an ex-boyfriend, and she advised that he was. The Pleasant Mount man then asked Sanford if he could confirm that; the woman said again that Sanford was an ex-boyfriend. Sanford replied, "Oh really."
According to the affidavit, Sanford then began firing the rifle at the GMC. The Pleasant Mount man, with the woman, then fled the scene.
At least 10 rounds hit the vehicle, State Police reported. Numerous bullet holes were left in the passenger side behind the passenger side door, and the passenger side window was shot out.
They arrived with the bullet-ridden vehicle at the State Police barracks in Blooming Grove at about 10:45 p.m. to report the incident.
While on the way, the woman received a text message from Sanford saying that Sanford had called his mother for a ride home.
With a description of the mother's vehicle, State Police headed to Hawley where they intercepted the car being driven by Sanford's mother. Sanford was in the passenger seat. State Police said that Sanford was taken into custody without incident.
The rifle was not found in the vehicle and the mother indicated to police that she was not aware of any shooting. During an interview later that night at the Honesdale barracks, Sanford allegedly told police that he had fired multiple rounds from a .22 caliber rifle at the vehicle occupied by the victims.
Sanford was charged with two counts of Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Assault. He was committed to Wayne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1 million bail. A Central Court hearing was set for Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse.
Page 2 of 2 - This was the third case of attempted homicide in Wayne or Pike counties within 10 days. On Nov. 17, a man in Sterling Township was arrested after allegedly pouring gasoline on a woman firing a pistol at her, and engaging in a gunfight with responding police. On Nov. 20, a man in Dingman Township was arrested after allegedly beating another man with a crow bar.