Towanda Man Charged With Arson And More After Altercation

BRADFORD COUNTY, PA – On Friday, June 23, 2023, around 3:10 PM, Pennsylvania State Police responded to an incident at a residence in the 7900 block of Burlington Turnpike in Towanda Township.

According to police, 28-year-old Andrew Scott Wickwire of Towanda, PA., had allegedly gotten into a domestic altercation with his girlfriend. Apparently the female victim, related that a physical altercation occurred after a verbal argument occurred while the couple was spraying each other with a garden hose. At which point, the argument escalated and turned physical when Wickwire allegedly shoved his girlfriend and then pulled her hair while she was trying to leave the residence. (It was noted by the Trooper that he observed recent and old marks and bruising throughout the female victim’s body, during his interview with the woman). The victim tried several times to leave the residence, but Wickwire threatened to hurt and break her cat’s neck.

While the female victim was sitting in her red Subaru Forester, Wickwire proceeded to cause significant damage to the driver-side door, hood and rear of the vehicle, (which is believed to be in excess of $5,000.00). Wickwire then poured gasoline on the driver’s door and hood of the vehicle and set it ablaze while the female victim was still sitting inside the Forester. After putting out the fire, the victim was able to flee the scene. The victim contacted police and waited for their arrival on the corner of Burlington Turnpike and Franklin Road. At which time, the responding Trooper could smell the strong odor of gas emanating from the exterior of the vehicle. Burn marks were also observed.

An arrest warrant for Andrew Scott Wickwire was issued through Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr’s office. Wickwire was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on Monday, June 26, 2023, and he was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan M. Wilcox.

Wickwire has been charged with the following;

* Title 18 Section 3301 A1I – Arson-Danger of Death or Bodily Injury (Felony in the 1st Degree).

* Title 18 Section 2702 A1 – Aggravated Assault-Attempts to Cause Serious Bodily Injury or Causes Injury With Extreme Indifference (Felony in the 1st Degree).

* Title 18 Section 3304 A5 – Criminal Mischief – Damage Property (Felony in the 3rd Degree).

* Title 18 Section 2705 – Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor in 2nd Degree).

* Title 18 Section 2706 A1 – Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another (Misdemeanor in 1st Degree).

* Title 18 Section 5503 A1 – Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting (Summary).

* Title 18 Section 2709 A1 -Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact (Summary).

Wickwire’s Preliminary Hearing is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Wickwire was placed in the Bradford County Correctional Facility as he could not post the $2 million dollar monetary bail.

This is a report from our media partner First News Now

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