Manhunt Continues for Man Accused of Violently Attacking Woman, Attempting to Kidnapping Her; Police Urge Residents to Lock Doors

| August 8, 2018

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – State Police in Franklin continue to scour the area for an attempted kidnapping suspect who was last seen in Venango County.

Franklin-based State Police are actively searching for Jeremy E. Chambers, whose last known address is 1729 Lardintown Road, Tarentum, Pa.

According to a published article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Chambers allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Lea Schafer of New Kensington, and then attempted to kidnap her.

Chambers allegedly tried to cover Schafer’s mouth with duct tape before attempting to shove her into a car.

The violent attack happened on Saturday around 5:00 p.m. in an alley in New Kensington, just one day after Schafer filed a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against Chambers.

Schafer and Chambers have dated off-and-on for several years and have a child together, according to the Tribune-Review article. She decided to terminate the relationship due to ongoing abuse.

Schafer was delivering newspapers when the attack occurred.

After Chambers allegedly assaulted Schafer, he then reportedly stole her silver Jeep Compass.

Responding officers from New Kensington Police Department found Schafer in the alley, badly beaten with severe head injuries.

Chambers is wanted on first-degree felony charges of aggravated assault, attempted kidnapping, and robbery of a motor vehicle.

The charges were filed Saturday at Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone, Jr.’s office in Westmoreland County, and a warrant was issued for Chamber’s arrest.

On Tuesday, Franklin-based State Police received a tip that Chambers was at a residence along Old Route 8 in southern Venango County and when troopers arrived, he fled on a red ATV.

According to police, Chambers was last seen on stolen black and yellow dirt bike in the Bullion (Clintonville) area.

Troopers on the ground and at least one PSP helicopter were used to scour the area for Chambers throughout the day on Tuesday.

Chambers is described as a white male, 36-years-old, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan shorts and a dark cut-off t-shirt.

He has a lengthy criminal history with charges ranging from burglary to fleeing the police to multiple drug-related offenses.

“PSP members remain in the area and will continue the search,” said Trooper Michelle McGee, Franklin-based State Police Community Service Officer in a press release issued Tuesday. “Residents are reminded to keep their residence locked and secured as well as lock vehicles and secure keys.”

Anyone who sees Chambers or has information related to his whereabouts asked to call PSP Franklin at 814-676-6596.

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