Roach

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A Bradford man is facing allegations that last year, he shot a Victor revolver in the direction of a man and put the gun to a woman’s head.

Charges against Daniel J. Roach stem from an investigation into a shooting report at an apartment on Cris Drive in Eldred Borough.

Officials were unable to say at the time of the initial investigation if anyone was injured, as no one was at the residence when law enforcement arrived.

The criminal complaint filed Tuesday does not indicate that anyone suffered injuries. Roach is accused of shooting toward a man twice and putting a gun to a woman’s head.

Roach, 45, of 27 Pleasant St., Bradford, was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge William Todd on charges of discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, aggravated assault-attempts to cause or causes bodily injury with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm with the manufacturer number altered, second-degree felonies; firearms not to be carried without a license, criminal use of a communication facility and two counts of terroristic threats, third-degree felonies; and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, second-degree misdemeanors.

According to the criminal complaint, around 9 a.m. Oct. 4, Lewis Run-based state police were dispatched for a report that neighbors heard gunshots near Apt. 2B, Cris Drive, where Brittany Mitchell was the tenant at the time.

During the investigation, police found one bullet hole through the front window of the apartment, the complaint stated.

On Oct. 29, Roach was interviewed, and Roach alleged that he had gone to the apartment to buy one pound of methamphetamine in exchange for $10,000. He said the deal was made through Facebook Messenger. However, Roach said that “they tried to rob him,” the complaint stated.

The complaint does not specify who he allegedly made the drug deal with or who “tried to rob him.”

Nadean Jones was also interviewed on Oct. 29, and she said Roach “told her to put up a gun for him,” saying “the gun was the only thing to link him to the Eldred shooting,” the complaint stated.

On Dec. 11, state police interviewed Mitchell, who said she was at her apartment about 9 a.m. Oct. 4 when she heard a gunshot. She also told police that she witnessed Anthony Reynolds crawling towards a vehicle while Roach was standing over him with a gun; Reynolds was begging Roach not to shoot him, according to court records.

On Jan. 20, state police interviewed Reynolds, who said Roach fired two shots toward him. Reynolds told police he was crawling when Roach came up to him, pointed a gun at him and told him he was going to kill him, the complaint alleged. Reynolds said Roach put the gun to Mitchell’s head, too.

The gun was a Victor revolver with the serial number altered, according to court records.

There was no indication at press time Tuesday that charges were filed against anybody else besides Roach in the alleged incident.

Roach’s bail in the new case is set at $75,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 22.

However, he is already incarcerated for several other pending cases. Court records indicate there are at least seven pending criminal cases against Roach, including the case that was filed Tuesday.

Among the allegations against Roach are that he ran a meth operation, raped a child, had a minor hold onto a firearm for him, threatened Children and Youth Services employees and law enforcement officials, tried to deliver meth to minors in a residential/counseling facility and drove under the influence of a controlled substance.

Roach is scheduled to appear in McKean County Court on Feb. 26 for argument on a suppression motion and a motion for severance. Senior Judge Richard Masson will hear the motions, as both McKean County judges have recused themselves.

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