Garretts Run Man Dies

Melanie Snyder is escorted by Manor Township Police Officer France into arraignment hearing before District Magisterial Judge Gary DeComo on July 27.

A Garretts Run man who was attacked by his wife in bed with a hatchet has died.

Tom Snyder was in bed on the morning of July 27, 2017 when his wife, 41-year-old Melanie Snyder, allegedly went into the bedroom and attacked him.

According to Manor Township Police records, Snyder’s 17-year-old daughter attempted to stop her mother and sustained minor injury. When the daughter could not stop her mother, she and her two brothers, ages 13 and 6, fled the residence and went several houses away and called 9-1-1. The children have been living with relatives since the incident.

When police arrived at the residence, Mr. Snyder was still in bed, bleeding from his neck and head. Emergency medical personnel were summoned and he was transported by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Doctors performed emergency surgery throughout the afternoon. After being released from the hospital, Mr. Snyder has spent the last several months at the Kittanning Care Center.

Mrs. Snyder did not show emotion as Manor Township Police questioned her and transported her to a holding area at the police station. She was then arraigned before District Magisterial Judge Gary DeComo. He charged her with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault charge in the first degree, and another aggravated assault charge in the second degree – all three felony charges, as well as simple assault and endangering the welfare of her children.

Mrs. Snyder has been held in the Armstrong County since the incident on charges of attempted homicide. A date for the trial has not been scheduled yet.

Armstrong County District Attorney-Elect Katie Charlton confirmed that Mr. Snyder died yesterday afternoon.

Charlton said Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers has scheduled an autopsy.

“Charges of attempted homicide may be upgraded to Homicide, but we won’t know that until we see the results of the autopsy,” Charlton said last night. She said that the District Attorney’s office has not had a discussion with any members of the family.

According to Mr. Snyder’s sister Facebook page, funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home in Kittanning. Viewing is scheduled from 11AM until the time of the funeral at 1PM on Saturday, December 30.

For more information, visit: this article in the Kittanning Paper.