Crossbow threats send Corry man to state prison

Threatening golfers while brandishing a compound bow has resulted in a Corry man receiving a state prison sentence.

Daniel C. Hellman, 32, was sentenced by President Judge Maureen Skerda on charges of terroristic threats and institutional vandalism.

Three troopers were dispatched at about 3:30 p.m. to the area of Hyer Road in Spring Creek Township for a disturbance when a victim reported that “a male with a crossbow had been threatening customers and staff at her golf course,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The individual was located and identified as Hellmann and found “with a compound bow and arrows in his hands on the railroad tracks just west of the golf course,” police said in the affidavit.

Hellmann was taken into custody and, while being transported to the Starbrick barracks, troopers allege he kicked and destroyed the camera system in the patrol unit.

Once there, troopers say Hellman “began to spit on the floor and make himself vomit. He then attempted to spit on myself and other troopers multiple times, just barely missing,” the affidavit said.

According to the criminal complaint, Hellman attempted to spit on them “after admitting he had a communicable disease.”

The affidavit adds that Hellman “related he was going to cut us up into pieces and scalp anyone wearing a Trooper campaign hat.”

Troopers interviewed witnesses at the scene. A staff member said at about 10:30 a.m. customers had reported that a man was yelling with a compound bow and arrows on the tracks just off the property.

Staff confronted him later in the day “after he was a further nuisance” and Hellmann responded by yelling “You better run girly!” and “Run girly, run!” Another staff member then approached him and “Hellman began to load his bow with arrows while staring down” staffers “causing the two to flee.”

Troopers say that staff then evacuated all golfers from the area.

Hellman was sentenced to 11 to 30 months incarceration with credit for 225 days time served, $1,675 in fines and fees, submission of a DNA sample and to undergo a mental health evaluation on a count of terroristic threats.

Two additional counts of terroristic threats brought an additional six to 12 months incarceration and two years probation. He was sentenced to one year probation on the institutional vandalism charge.


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