Old Lycoming Township police were called to help take a woman and two young children from their home after the children's father allegedly beat her with the end of a rifle and threatened her life.
Seth Allen Snyder, 42, of 1808 Rose Valley Road, faces two felony counts of aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault, terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment.
Police were contacted by Snyder's father and mother. According to them, Snyder's girlfriend, who also is the mother of his children, had called them and explained that she was afraid because Snyder was "not being rational," according to court records. Snyder's father then contacted police to assist him in getting his grandchildren out of the home safely.
The woman told authorities by telephone that she was afraid for her and her children's lives. She explained that she wanted to leave with the children, but was too afraid of their father to do so, according to court records.
She informed authorities that she and their 2-year-old son were in one part of the home, while Snyder and their 3-year-old daughter slept in another room.
Police encouraged the woman to leave as quickly as possible with the young boy. When she arrived at a predetermined meeting point, police noticed "fresh injuries to the victim's back and neck area," according to the affidavit.
The victim told police she allegedly had been beaten by Snyder, who hit her repeatedly with the butt of a rifle. She explained that she was holding one of the children in her arms while she was being struck. As he beat her, Snyder allegedly said, "I'm gonna blow your brains out," according to court records.
After allegedly assaulting the woman with the rifle, Snyder left the room and returned with a baseball bat. He then repeatedly struck the bed on which she was laying, according to police.
Officers managed to get both Snyder and the young girl out of the home without incident. Upon searching the residence, police uncovered multiple firearms, including the one used in the alleged assault. Police noted in the affidavit that the gun had a fully loaded magazine when it was found.
Snyder was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on Saturday.
He is incarcerated in lieu of $90,000 bail.