Police: 19-year-old on assault probation hits woman with gun

Already on probation for simple assault, 19-year-old Tanner John Blanksby found himself again before a judge on Wednesday morning when he was charged for his alleged involvement in Saturday night’s fight outside his Wildwood Boulevard home that sent five people to the hospital, city police said.

Blanksby, of 665 Wildwood Blvd., has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering, terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of crime, carrying a firearm without a license and convicted felon not to possess a firearm.

Police allege Blanksby struck Marissa Floyd on the left side of the head with a handgun while she and Sarah Hauser were fighting with one another at High Street and Wildwood Boulevard about 11 p.m., Agent Raymond O. Kontz III said.

“Floyd became disoriented and fell to the ground. The blow caused a large bleeding wound to her ear, which required stitches,” Kontz said in an affidavit.

The fight between the two women caught the attention of a third, Lena Jenkins, who walked close to the assault, prompt Blanksby to allegedly tell her, “If you come off the wall, I’m going to kill you,” according to Kontz. It was unclear what “off the wall” meant.

Floyd was treated at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center as were four others. Police initially said that all the victims who went to the hospital were males.

Blanksby was taken into custody Monday on a probation violation and placed in the Lycoming County Prison. He is on probation for simple assault, a charge stemming from an incident when he pointed a handgun at a man and threatened to kill him in the 1400 block of Memorial Avenue in mid-May 2012.

He was arraigned before District Judge James Carn on the new set of charges and recommitted in lieu of $100,000 bail.