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Man charged with attempted homicide

November 22, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A McConnellsburg man was charged with ramming his truck into a woman's car on Friday and then striking her in the head with a rifle, Pennsylvania State Police said Saturday.

Benny S. Mumma, 57, of 412 Lincoln Way East, was found shortly after the 11 a.m. incident and charged with a variety of crimes, including criminal attempted homicide, police said.

Debra Scott, 44, of McConnellsburg, was treated for minor injuries at Fulton County Medical Center and released, police said.

Cpl. William Baker said Mumma and Scott were either married or previously lived together in a common-law marriage. They have a child together, he said.

According to police, Scott had exited off U.S. 30 and was preparing to turn left onto U.S. 522 when a truck smashed into the driver's side of her vehicle.

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The driver got out of his truck with a rifle and ordered Scott out of the vehicle, police said. He smashed the windshield and side window with the rifle and then pulled her out and struck her in the head, police said.

"She was very much taken by surprise," Baker said.

Scott managed to break away from her attacker and get away in a passing Pennsylvania Department of Transportation truck, police said.

Baker said police are searching for a motive for the attack.

Mumma was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and criminal mischief, police said.

Mumma was being held Saturday night at Franklin County Prison on $225,000 bail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-485-3131.

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