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Police: Susquehanna County Man Shot Intruder

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

A 31-year-old Susquehanna County man was hospitalized in critical condition after police say he was shot by a New Milford township man during a home invasion.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Francis Muchanic of Susquehanna was wounded in the groin area at a residence on Creek Road. Muchanic was being treated at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City.

Investigators say 69-year-old David Braman told police he fired three shots at Muchanic after the man knocked on the door of his home and asked to use the phone around 7:40 Monday night.

Police say Braman tried to close the door but Muchanic – who was wearing a ski mask – forced his way in. Braman said although he was knocked to the ground, he fired three shots from a revolver.

Police say two other men who had arrived at the home with Muchanic fled on foot. They say 30-year-old Erica Major of Susquehanna, who drove the men to the property, picked up Muchanic.

Major later told police her boyfriend was shot after they stopped on Interstate 81 in Great Bend to assist a disabled motorist.

Major then drove to the Kirkwood rest area where an ambulance picked up Muchanic and took him to the hospital.

Investigators say Muchanic faces several charges, including robbery, simple assault and criminal conspiracy.

Major was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Police say the two other men involved in the incident – 20-year-old Dylan Brewer of New Milford and 20-year-old Evan Hess of Forest City – have been charged with criminal attempted theft and conspiracy to commit robbery.

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