WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre man who police say blasted his neighbor with a shotgun is being held on $1 million bail after being extradited here from New Jersey along with his wife.
Tony Ransome, 37, and Treasa Ransome, 39, of 86 Hutson St., both were arraigned before District Judge Michael Dotzel on Wednesday. New Jersey State Police captured them on May 22.
The Ransomes eluded authorities for a week after Josue Vargas was shot outside 62 Hutson St. on May 15.
Vargas survived gunshot wounds to his head, face, arms and hand, police said.
Police allege Tony Ransome fired five shots from a shotgun at Vargas after Vargas yelled at Ransome’s wife for speeding on Hutson Street.
According to the criminal complaints:
Treasa Ransome drove at a high rate of speed as Vargas was removing a child from a vehicle. Vargas yelled at the driver to slow down, at which time Treasa Ransome backed up and yelled back, “I’ll have my husband handle this.”
Minutes later, Tony Ransome ran down Hutson Street carrying a shotgun, aiming it at four people in front of 62 Hutson St. They pleaded with him not to shoot as there were children in the apartment building.
Vargas emerged from the residence and stood in the doorway telling Tony Ransome, “I was the one arguing with your wife.”
Tony Ransome allegedly aimed and fired at Vargas five times before running back to his house, the complaints say.
A surveillance camera above the front door of 86 Hutson St. allegedly recorded Tony Ransome leaving the residence carrying a shotgun and a black ski mask. Tony Ransom is recorded returning to the residence without the shotgun, and Treasa Ransome’s blue station wagon and a Chevrolet Impala are seen driving away, according to the complaints.
Police recovered the Chevrolet in Wilkes-Barre about an hour after the shooting.
Tony Ransome is charged with aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and possession of a firearm by a convict. Treasa Ransome is charged with soliciting aggravated assault and hindering apprehension.
Police said Tony Ransome is prohibited from possessing and carrying a gun.
At the Ransomes’ preliminary hearing, Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Mamie Phillips asked Dotzel to set Tony Ransome’s bail at $1 million, noting that he and his wife “fled to New Jersey and had to be extradited,” that he has a lengthy criminal history and the ability to leave the area. Dotzel obliged her request.
Phillips also asked that Treasa Ransome’s bail be set at $1 million, noting “she helped her husband get out of town,” the gun used in the shooting has not been recovered and “but for her actions, we wouldn’t be here today.” Dotzel set Treasa Ransome’s bail at $500,000, noting that she was charged with lesser offenses.
“We are pleased they’re back in Pennsylvania and Luzerne County,” Phillips said after the arraignment. “We look forward to the preliminary hearing.
The preliminary hearings are set for 10 a.m. June 17 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.