Man charged with assaulting grandmother out of hospital
SUNBURY — Erick Trometter, discharged from Geisinger this morning with a policeman’s bullet still in his hip, was taken by family to his mother’s house in Elizabethville before being picked up by a Northumberland County constable and arraigned on assault charges involving his grandmother.
Trometter, who was shot by then-acting Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare last month after the alleged assault, is at this hour in Northumberland County Prison.
His stay there, however, may be short. District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum, after consulting with Trometter’s attorney, James Best, and District Attorney Ann Targonski, made his $200,000 bail “unsecured,” which means no actual cash is needed. But he’ll be kept in prison until a home monitoring system can be installed at Trometter’s mother’s house, authorities said. It’s not clear how long that might take.
There was no explanation why he was discharged from Geisinger before law enforcement was notified or if there was supposed to be any notification. Trometter, who spoke freely with the media at his arraignment, said he and his mother, Tammy Trometter, and grandmother Roxie Stoneroad — not Amanda Trometter, the grandmother he’s alleged to have assaulted — stopped by the Sunbury police station en route from the hospital to inquire about getting his belongings from his former home in Sunbury. Erick Trometter did not go into the station. His family members were told they’d have to consult with a constable about getting his belongings.
It was sometime after that visit to the station that Sunbury police dispatched Constable Butch Showers to Elizabethville. Showers said he first picked up a state police trooper at the Lykens barracks outside Elizabethville, then found Trometter in the driveway of his mother’s home and took him into custody without incident.
Erick Trometter was charged by Sunbury police July 9 with a felony of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor of simple assault and a summary offense of harassment for the incident involving Amanda Trometter. Charges related to the confrontation with Hare are pending.
Police said Erick Trometter had a large fillet knife when Hare saw him walking along Mile Post Road near Shikellamy Avenue. There was a warrant for his arrest related to the alleged assault.
Hare attempted to take him into custody. Listed at 6 feet, 290 pounds, Erick Trometter resisted, police said, and continued to struggle with Hare after being shot with a Taser three times. Hare then fired his gun.
Erick Trometter was initially hospitalized in critical condition. He said today Hare told him he would shoot if he didn’t drop the knife.