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Posted on: October 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 2 Hawley Youths Face Adult Charges for Aggravated Assault

HONESDALE -- Two Hawley teenagers face felony charges of aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy after someone saw one of them get off the school bus wearing a black ski mask on Wayne County.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Wayne County Chief Detective Pete Hower said school personnel were able to identify the juvenile wearing the ski mask along with the second involved juvenile. While reviewing the school bus security video, officials heard the two juveniles discussing in very specific detail plans to kill an adult male in Hawley. The juveniles planned to use a computer cable that they had with them to strangle the male. 

When they exited the school bus, one juvenile had on the black ski mask while the other had his hood pulled over his head to conceal their identity. They went to a residence across the street from the intended victim with the cable in hand in preparation for the assault, but were scared away by a neighbor.

Due to the nature of the crime, a decision was made to charge these two juveniles as adults. They were taken into custody and were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards. Bail was set at $30,000.00 unsecured for one juvenile and $20,000.00 monetary for the other juvenile. The one juvenile was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Both juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 6, 2019 at 9:00 am at the Wayne County Courthouse Central Court.

District Attorney Robinson stated: “These juveniles took a substantial step to commit a very serious crime. The District Attorney’s Office will respond accordingly.”

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