Charges against Shulas forwarded to county court
The charges against an Ulster man accused of threatening to kill two people and forcing a third into a vehicle at gunpoint in June were held for county court Wednesday.
Christopher Michael Shulas, 34, will face 19 charges related to the June incident in Bradford County Court, according to court information. Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark dismissed one charge of theft by unlawful taking during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Shulas' arraignment in county court is scheduled for Aug. 30, according to court information. Shulas has waived his appearance at the arraignment.
State police charged Shulas with three counts of simple assault; two counts of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, carrying firearms without a license, weapon possession, terroristic threats and making repairs to an offensive weapon; and one count each of kidnapping to facilitate a felony, kidnapping to inflict injury or terror, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment in relation to the incident, according to court information.
Shulas was arrested June 22 after he threatened to kill a 67-year-old female and 68-year-old male, both of Ulster, at an Oak Hill Road residence, then forced a 29-year-old Binghamton, N.Y. female into a vehicle and made her drive him from the area at gunpoint, according to information from state police.
Police said the female pulled into Bishop's Gas Station on Route 220 in Ulster, entered the store and told employees to contact police. Employees kept the woman inside the store and refused to let Shulas enter, police said. He then fled north on Route 220, police said.
An investigation later found that Shulas forcibly entered and hid inside a seasonal residence on Beers Road during the incident, police said.
The case was initially dismissed July 20 in district court due to transportation problems with a witness. Charges were re-filed against Shulas July 24, according to court information.
Following his July 25 arraignment on the re-filed charges, Shulas was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to court information.
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