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June 11, 2013

Man threatened couple, police say

FALLENTIMBER — A gunman driving a Ford Crown Victoria forced another vehicle off the road in White Township and threatened to shoot the couple inside following a domestic dispute, authorities said.

State police in Ebensburg said Randall Lee Martz, 50, of Fallentimber, threatened to shoot horses owned by a woman with whom he had a previous five-year relationship.

The woman visited the property where the horses were kept and after finding them still alive, tried to drive away with a male friend when Martz chased after them in his car, troopers said.

Martz allegedly drove in front of them on Marina Road and then slammed on the brakes, nearly causing a collision, troopers said.

After the woman stopped her vehicle near an ice cream stand on Marina Road, Martz climbed out of his car, pulled a .357 Magnum revolver and threatened to shoot them, police said in a criminal complaint.

The woman locked herself in the vehicle and her male companion ran into the woods, where he lost his shoes, troopers said. Both were able to flee and contacted authorities.

The incident happened Saturday.

Martz was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and terroristic threats.

Martz was arraignedby District Judge Galen Decort of Portage. He was freed after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bond and ordered to stay away from the couple.

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