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Posted on: August 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Hawley Man Faces Charges of Terroristic Threats for Shooting at Couple

HAWLEY -- Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell announced the arrest of William Montanye, 33 of Hawley, for threatening to shoot two individuals in Palmyra Township. 

Montanye is charged with two counts of terroristic threats, both first degree misdemeanors, two counts of simple assault, both second degree misdemeanor and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, both second degrees misdemeanors.

The Affidavit of Probable Cause, filed by Officer Shanequa Moser of the Hawley Borough Police Department on August 11, 2020, alleges Montanye threatened his ex-girlfriend and her male friend when they arrived on their shared property to retrieve her vehicle from the garage. It is alleged Montanye yelled at the male to get off his property. It is alleged he then went back into the house and came out with a shotgun and a box of shells, threatening the male to leave or he would “blow his brains out”.

An arrest warrant was then obtained for the arrest of Montanye. At the time, however, authorities were unaware of his location. On August 21, 2020 at approximately 4 pm, the Wayne County Detectives were en route to Montanye’s residence to attempt to serve the arrest warrant when Montanye passed by them in his vehicle. He then proceeded to flee from the authorities. A pursuit ensued, with Montanye heading west toward Honesdale. He then turned onto Route 652 and continued north to Narrowsburg, NY, where he was stopped on the Narrowsburg Bridge and taken into custody.

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Bonnie Carney and was remanded to the Wayne County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. His Central Court date is set for August 26, 2020 at 9am.

Additional charges are to follow as a result of the pursuit.

"Thank you to the Hawley Borough Police Department, the Wayne County Detectives, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police, Honesdale, for their efforts in apprehending Montanye and their continued teamwork in protecting our County," Howell said..

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