Home invasion victim shoots suspect after assault

By Suzanne Proulx

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Home invasion victim shoots suspect after assault

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM EDT

New Milford Twp., PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a home invasion where the victim shot one of the suspects.

It happened Monday at approximately 7:40 p.m. at 948 Creek Road.

State police said three suspects arrived at the home on David Braman, 69. The suspects, Francois Muchanic, 31, of Susquehanna, Dylan Brewer 20, of New Milford and Evan Hess, 20, of Forest City were driven to the residence by Muchanic's girlfriend, Erica Major, 30, of Susquehanna.

Muchanic knocked on Braman's door wearing a ski mask. The victim opened his door carrying a loaded 357 Smith and Wesson revolver. Muchanic told Braman he was having car problems and needed to use his phone, according to state police.

Trooper Mark Mulvey said Braman tried to close the door when he realized Muchanic was wearing a ski mask. State police said Muchanic then forced his way into the home and began assaulting Braman and knocking him to the ground.

Braman fired three shots at Muchanic and hit him once in the groin.

Troopers say Muchanic fled the home, falling to the ground. The two other men, Brewer and Hess left Muchanic at the scene.

The driver, Muchanic's girlfriend, picked him up and left.

State police said a short time after the robbery, Major called Susquehanna County 911 Communication Center to report that her boyfriend had been shot helping a disabled motorist on Interstate 81 North in Great Bend Twp.

Major told 911 dispatchers that when her boyfriend, Muchanic, got out of his car and the motorist shot him in the groin, according to state police. She then drove her vehicle to the rest area on I-81N just into New York where Muchanic was transported to Wilson Hospital.

State police say Muchanic is in critical condition.

Muchanic, Major, Brewer and Hess all face numerous charges.


Francois Muchanic
-Receiving stolen property
-Simple assault
-Criminal conspiracy

Erica Major
-False reports
-Criminal conspiracy to commit robbery
-Theft by unlawful taking
-Receiving stolen property

Dylan Brewer
-Criminal attempted theft
-Criminal conspiracy to commit robbery

Evan Hess
-Criminal attempted theft
-Criminal conspiracy to commit robbery