New Bethlehem man accused of attempted homicide

A 48-year-old New Bethlehem man faces attempted homicide charges after being accused of firing a firearm at a vehicle that was being driven by a 45-year-old South Fork woman on Saturday.

According to court documents, at about 10 a.m. the woman received a text message from Tobias Wade Allen saying he wanted her to come to his Porter Township home on Washington Street to pick up their 11-year-old child.

According to the documents, the woman told police that when she arrived at the home, Allen exited from it with a “camo-colored” firearm and that he pointed the weapon at her while she was in her vehicle.

According to the documents, Allen was shouting and making statements to the effect that he was “going to blow her head off, and the woman told police she became frightened and backed out of the driveway in an attempt to flee from Allen.

As the woman drove away, the documents said, Allen fired a shot from the firearm that struck the rear of the car.

The documents said the children of both Allen and the woman were fearful of Allen and were hiding in an upstairs bedroom when the incident took place.

The children, including the 11-year-old girl, fled from the residence through a second-floor window after they heard the gunshot, according to the documents. The 11-year-old girl was reunited with the adult female victim at the New Bethlehem Police Department.

Allen is charged with attempted criminal homicide, a felony; one count of aggravated assault as a first-degree felony and one count of aggravated assault as a second-degree felony; making terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of children, both as first-degree misdemeanors; illegal possession of a firearm, a second-degree felony; and reckless endangerment of another person as a second-degree misdemeanor.

During the course of the investigation, state police determined Allen is prohibited from owning a firearm.

According to online records, Allen has been charged and either convicted or pleaded guilty in numerous cases in Clarion and Armstrong counties, including assaults, driving under the influence of alcohol, and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI.

Allen was arraigned by District Judge Jeff Miller and placed in Clarion County Jail. Court records indicate a bond hearing has not yet been held.