Police charge man with attempted homicide

Ryan Snyder

Police charge man with attempted homicide

By Randy Bartley

Staff Writer


A Jefferson County man who eluded police for nearly 24 hours was captured the afternoon of Sept. 12 in Ringgold Township, Jefferson County.

Ryan Dennis Snyder, 39, of Mayport, is facing attempted murder and other charges in connection with an incident that started the afternoon of Sept. 11 in Ringgold Township.

A criminal complaint filed with District Judge Jacqueline Mizerock in Punxsutawney says the incident began shortly before 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at a residence on Sandy Hill Road.

Punxsutawney state police were dispatched to the scene to investigate a report of domestic violence, and police interviewed a woman who said her boyfriend, Snyder, tried to force her into a vehicle while he was intoxicated.

The woman told police she tried to escape, but Snyder pinned her to the ground and tried to strangle her, she said.

The woman was able to escape and run to a neighbor's house, and Snyder forced his way into the house carrying a "long black gun" and assaulted the homeowner, the complaint said.

Snyder then allegedly fired a round at the homeowner, according to the complaint.

Snyder's girlfriend said Snyder left the house, but she could hear several more shots striking the residence, the complaint said.

Someone in the house called 9-1-1.

Snyder is charged with felony counts of criminal attempt-murder of the second degree, possession of firearm prohibited, burglary, strangulation, criminal trespass-break into structure, two counts of aggravated assault and five counts of discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure.

He is also charged with four misdemeanor counts each of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime with intent.

Snyder is also facing one count each of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment stemming from a July 28 incident in Ringgold Township.

Police said precautions were taken during the manhunt for Snyder, including the cancellation of a junior high football game in New Bethlehem.

Schools across the area took extra security precautions or were locked down. A number of other facilities, including nursing homes, were also placed on lock down.