Charges re-filed against Shulas
The county district attorney's office has re-filed charges against an Ulster man suspected in an aggravated assault and kidnapping in June.
Charges against Christopher Michael Shulas, 34, were filed July 24, according to court information. The initial case against Shulas was dismissed July 20 in district court due to transportation problems with one of the witnesses.
Shulas faces 18 charges, including three counts of simple assault; two counts each of aggravated assault, 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, theft by unlawful taking, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment, 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.
State police arrested Shulas following a June 22 incident in which police say he threatened to kill two people in Ulster Township and forced a third into a vehicle at gunpoint.
According to information from state police, Shulas threatened to kill a 67-year old female and 68-year-old male, both of Ulster, at an Oak Hill Road residence.
Police said he then forced a 29-year-old Binghamton, N.Y. female into a vehicle and made her drive him from the area, pointing a shotgun at her and threatening to kill her if she did not follow his demands. Shulas then fired the shotgun out the window of the moving vehicle, police said.
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.
A preliminary hearing for the re-filed case is scheduled Aug. 8 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, according to court information. Shulas will also face a hearing that day on two charges of criminal trespass in relation to the incident.
State police filed trespassing charges after an investigation found that Shulas forcibly entered and hid inside a seasonal residence on Beers Road during the incident, police said.
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