Case Against Mayport Man Accused of Attempted Homicide Moves Forward
According to court documents, the following charges against 39-year-old Ryan Dennis Snyder were held for court on Tuesday, October 8:
– Criminal Attempt – Murder Of The Second Degree, Homicide 2
– Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 2
– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Possess Instrument Of Crime With Intent, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (four counts)
The above charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.
Five counts of third-degree felony discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and two counts of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats were withdrawn.
Court documents indicate one first-degree misdemeanor count of terroristic threats, one second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault, and one summary count of harassment from another incident that occurred in Ringgold Township in July were also held for court on Tuesday.
Snyder remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000.00 monetary bail.
Details of the September 11 case:
According to a criminal complaint, around 4:47 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, Punxsutawney-based State Police were dispatched to a residence on Sandy Hill Road in Ringgold Township, Jefferson County, for a report of a domestic-related altercation with active gunfire.
Interview with the First Victim
Upon their arrival, the troopers spoke to a known female victim.
According to the complaint, the victim reported that her boyfriend, Ryan Dennis Snyder, was highly intoxicated after consuming whiskey when he attempted to get her into his vehicle, a black sedan. The victim refused to get in the vehicle, argued with Snyder, and eventually entered the vehicle due to fear of being physically harmed if she continued to refuse.
The victim reported that once she was in the vehicle, she pulled the keys from the ignition and threw them out the window to prevent Snyder from driving intoxicated with her in the vehicle. She then attempted to exit the vehicle through the passenger side door, and Snyder jumped over the center console and followed her.
According to the complaint, the victim stated Snyder pinned her to the ground and began choking her with both hands around her neck until she couldn’t breathe. He then let her up and allegedly made suicidal statements including: “I’ll just go kill myself then.”
The victim told police she then ran from Snyder, heading northbound along Sandy Hill Road, to a neighbor’s residence where the homeowner granted permission for her to seek safety. She also stated Snyder retrieved the keys to his vehicle and pulled into another nearby driveway, the complaint states.
A short time later, Snyder allegedly appeared at the residence where the victim had gone for safety.
According to the complaint, Snyder forced his way into the residence through a rear entrance, carrying a long, black gun, possibly a rifle or shotgun, and assaulted the homeowner.
The victim reported that Snyder pointed the gun at the homeowner, and as he fired a round at him, the homeowner fell to the ground. Snyder then exited the residence, and while passing the first victim, he said: “Check on him to see if I just shot him.”
The first victim reported that after Snyder left the residence, she heard more gunshots striking the residence. She then ran past the homeowner, briefly asking if he was okay, to which he replied “yes,” and then barricaded herself in a bathroom. She reported that she remained in the bathroom, in fear for her life, until police arrived at the scene.
Interview with the Second Victim/Homeowner
The second victim (the homeowner of the residence in which the first victim fled to for safety) told police he heard a loud pounding at the rear door of his residence and discovered (the female victim), who he noted appeared to be frightened. He told police he allowed her in the house, and a short time later, Ryan Snyder also appeared at the residence.
According to the complaint, the homeowner said Snyder forced his way into the residence, then knocked him (the homeowner) down and physically assaulted him, punching him in the mouth, which caused him to bleed. He stated Snyder was carrying a long black firearm, possibly a rifle or shotgun.
The homeowner told police Snyder then pointed the firearm at him and fired. He went on to report that he dove to the ground, and Snyder then exited the residence through the rear door. After Snyder left, the homeowner went to get a gun from his gun safe in an effort to protect himself and his family.
The homeowner also noted that he did not grant permission for Snyder to enter his home at any time.
According to the complaint, the homeowner noted that once Snyder was outside, he began to fire multiple rounds into the residence.
The homeowner showed the officers one of the projectile holes which was located directly to the left of the front door.
The complaint notes the projectile appeared to be fired through the siding and did not penetrate the walls of the residence.
Interview with the Third Victim
A third victim (a woman who resides with the homeowner) was also interviewed.
According to the complaint, the third victim reported that she witnessed Ryan Snyder as he forced his way through the rear door of the residence holding a long, black firearm, and went on to note that Snyder pointed the firearm directly at the homeowner and fired a shot at him.
She stated that she believed the homeowner had been shot and saw him fall to the ground. She then ran to her bedroom and locked the door, in fear that she was going to be shot. She also called 9-1-1 to report the situation.
A manhunt for Ryan Snyder ensued, and after nearly 24 hours, he was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon (September 12).
Snyder was arraigned at 10:36 a.m. on September 13 in Judge Mizerock’s office.
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