Columbia County man jailed after alleged Fairfield Township assault, high speed pursuit

After forcing his way into a Fairfield Township woman’s home early Tuesday morning and assaulting her and threatening her granddaughter and 2-year-old great-granddaughter with knives, Tristan Pequignot took off in a car, but was apprehended a short time later, state police alleged.

Pequignot, 20, of Bloomsburg, has been jailed on numerous charges, including burglary and simple assault following his capture, police said.

Pequignot had already fled the woman’s home at 4861 Lycoming Mall Drive when troopers arrived about 12:40 a.m. to investigate a domestic problem, according to an affidavit.

Police said once Pequignot was in the house, he went to the kitchen and grabbed two steak knives.

As the grandmother was trying to call 911, Pequignot forcibly took her cellphone as well as her granddaughter’s cellphone, the affidavit stated.

“Pequignot began pacing back and forth in the living room. He then threw the grandmother to the floor and began dragging her around,” the affidavit stated.

She got up three more times, but each time she was thrown back down onto the floor, police said.

Pequignot then took one of the knives and attempted to cut his left wrist, police said, adding that minutes earlier he had put the knife to his throat.

Police allege the man then threatened the granddaughter and great-granddaughter before fleeing the home in a red Lincoln Continental.

Two troopers riding together spotted the car on Lycoming Mall Drive, near the Lycoming Mall, about 1:40 a.m. and activated their cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, but the driver would not stop.

A high-speed pursuit – reaching speeds of 110 mph – continued several miles on Interstate 180 East that ended only after Pequignot drove onto the median and police conducted “precision immobilization technique,” according to affidavit.

Pequignot was arraigned before District Judge Aaron Biichle on additional charges of endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering, robbery, felony trespassing, trespassing, fleeing police and careless driving. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 bail.


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