MANOR – A Manor Township man is undergoing surgery after being attacked in bed Thursday morning with a hatchet.
Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said Tom Snyder was allegedly accosted by his wife, 41-year-old Melanie Snyder at their home on Garretts Run Road.
At a news conference at 3PM on July 27, Manor Township Police Chief Eric Petrosky said he arrived within four minutes of the call and found Mrs. Snyder out by the street. He said there was blood on her clothing. He described her demeanor as being “calm”, refusing to release any information to Petrosky, but rather said she wished to have an attorney present.
The affidavit stated that Snyder’s 17-year-old daughter had attempted to stop her from wailing the hatchet at her husband and sustained minor injury. When the daughter could not stop her mother, she and her two brothers left the residence and went several houses away.
Petrosky credited the children with calling for help.
“The kids went three houses down and stayed outside of the house. They called from their cell phone to 9-1-1 (and) stayed on the phone until we arrived on scene. The neighbors stayed in the house the whole time. When we located the children, they were outside the residence.”
District Attorney Scott Andreassi said the three children, ages 17, 13, and 6 are safe.
“They have been taken into custody by the Manor Township Police Department. They have been given a safe place to stay. Family members have been notified as well as Children and Youth and the Family Services Agency of Armstrong County.”
Petrosky said when he entered the residence, Mr. Snyder was still in bed, bleeding from his head and neck. Emergency medical personnel were summoned and he was transported by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Doctors performed emergency surgery throughout the afternoon and there is no word tonight as of his condition.
Snyder was transported from the Manor Township Police Department holding area to the court room of District Magisterial Judge Gary DeComo for an arraignment hearing. Because her clothes were entered into as evidence with blood stains, Snyder was wearing a white synthetic jump suit.
Judge DeComo stated that she was being charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault in the first degree, another aggravated assault charge in the second degree – all three felony charges as well as simple assault and endangering the welfare of her children.
Snyder told the judge that she and her husband jointly own the residence at 110 Garretts Run Road. She said that she worked at Armstrong Care. She was asked if she had any addiction to drug or medical prescriptions. She denied having any addictions.
Judge DeComo then set her bail at $500,000 cash or property bond, stating there was a possibility that bail could be revoked altogether depending on his review. The Judge set her preliminary hearing for August 8, 2017 at 10AM in his courtroom. She was then escorted out of the courtroom and Manor Township Police took her to the Armstrong County Jail where she remains in custody until her preliminary hearing.
Andreassi explained the next step.
“The investigation will continue. Search warrants will be executed. Any additional evidence will be secured by the Manor Township Police Department. In the event Mr. Snyder should die from this injury, obviously the charges will be upgraded to homicide. ”
The Kittanning Paper will continue to follow this story and update this information as it becomes available.