WILKES-BARRE — New Jersey State Police captured them together, but Treasa Ransome said she was not helping her husband flee a May shooting in Wilkes-Barre.
“I did not help my husband elude,” she said during a brief appearance before Senior District Judge Thomas Sharkey on Tuesday. “I eluded on my own.”
Wilkes-Barre police charged Treasa Ransome, 38, and her husband, Tony Ransome, 37, with shooting Josue Vargas, 22, on Hutson Street on May 15.
Police allege Tony Ransome fired five shots from a shotgun at Vargas after Vargas yelled at Treasa Ransome for speeding on Hutson Street. Vargas survived the wounds.
The couple were captured by New Jersey State Police in Pennsauken Township, about 10 miles east of Philadelphia on May 22. They were extradited to Luzerne County on June 4 to face charges related to the shooting.
At the couple’s preliminary hearing Tuesday, Tony Ransome waived his right to the proceeding, sending four counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of illegal possession of a firearm and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure to Luzerne County Court.
He remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $1 million.
A preliminary hearing for Treasa Ransome on two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of hindering prosecution was continued to July 8 due to a conflict of interest with the county Public Defender’s Office, which is defending her husband.
“I did not commit the crime. Some of the facts are wrong,” Treasa Ransome said. She requested a reduction of her $500,000 bail, which was denied.