Emporium Man Accused of Swerving into Police Car, Threatening to Kill People

From 1490NewsBlog
by Anne Holliday

An Emporium man is accused of attacking a man, swerving into the path of a state police car and threatening to kill everyone at a convenience store.

Police say 52-year-old Russell Skillman was leaving the Fuel On store at routes 120 and 46 when 65-year-old James Grasser was entering. Skillman allegedly punched and kicked Grasser then told Fuel On employees he was going to get his automatic weapon and come back and kill everyone.

Skillman left in his pickup truck and eventually crossed into the opposite lane of travel in front of a marked state police car and started yelling out the window. The trooper turned around and attempted to stop Skillman, who then swerved into the path of an unmarked state police car driven by Sergeant Eric Wolfgang and hit the car. Trooper Dave Surra eventually stopped Skillman, but when he got out of his pickup, he refused to comply with orders from troopers.

Skillman was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police and numerous traffic violations. He was sent to Jefferson County Jail on $25,000 bail.

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