26-Year-Old Man Allegedly Hits Step-Grandmother with Claw Hammer; Jailed on $50k Bail

| March 25, 2015

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WARREN COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – A Corry man faces an Aggravated Assault charge after allegedly hitting a 68-year-old Warren County woman on the back of her head with a claw hammer.

According to Warren-based State Police, 26-year-old Brandon William Bedow, of Corry, was arrested following an investigation of the incident.

Police say the incident occurred sometime between 3:50 p.m. and 3:58 p.m. on February 23, at the victim’s residence in Spring Creek Township, Warren County.

February 23 – Victim Suffers Injury to Head

According to a criminal complaint, on February 23, 2015, a 68-year-old woman was in her barn tending to her horses and sustained an injury to the back of her head. At this point, it was unknown if the victim had fallen or was struck on the back of the head with a blunt object.

The complaint states that the only other person in the barn at the time of the incident was her step-grandson, Brandon Bedow,

The victim did not recall what had happened to cause her head injury. Bedow allegedly claimed not to have seen anything and found the victim after the injury had incurred, the complaint continues.

February 28 – Victim’s Stepson Contacts PSP Corry

According to a criminal complaint, on February 28, Cpl. Timothy Yetzer, of PSP Corry, was contacted by the victim’s stepson in regards to the injuries sustained by the victim.

The complaint states the stepson told Cpl. Yetzer one of the (Hamot Medical Center) doctors in Erie had told him that the victim’s injury was not from a fall but rather a striking blow to the head.

March 5 – Authorities Interview Bedow at Corry City Police Station

On March 5, Bedow was interviewed at the Corry City Police Department. Bedow allegedly advised he was in the loft and heard a noise. Bedow allegedly states he went to investigate the noise and discovered the victim face down, the complaint indicates.

Bedow allegedly told police that he called 911 and returned to the barn to wait for help. Bedow denied any involvement or knowledge as to how the victim received her injuries, the complaint continues.

March 11 – Officials Interview Bedow at PSP Corry

On March 11, Bedow was interviewed at PSP Corry. Bedow allegedly provided a theory that the horses caused the injury to the victim. Bedow again denied any involvement in the injuries to the victim, the complaint states.

March 20 – Bedow Contacts PSP Warren

On March 20, Bedow contacted PSP Warren and allegedly said that he wanted to talk about what had happened to the victim, according to the complaint.

Bedow Allegedly Confesses to Striking Victim with Claw Hammer

Cpl. Zeybel met Bedow at PSP Corry to interview him. During the course of the interview, Bedow allegedly confessed that he used a hammer to strike the victim, the complaint states.

Bedow allegedly recalled that the victim immediately fell to the ground after he struck her. Bedow allegedly stated that while she lay there, she was trying speak but could only mutter and sputter, the complaint continues.

Bedow allegedly stated he had no explanation of why he struck the victim and could not recall any “trigger” to cause to necessitate this. Bedow allegedly identified a claw hammer as the type of hammer he used to strike the victim, according to the complaint.

Warren-based State Police say the victim suffered severe injuries, including a fractured skill.

Bedow Arrested, Arraigned, Jailed on $50k Bail

Bedow was arrested and arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on March 21 on a charge of Aggravated Assault, a Felony 1 offense.

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he was confined to the Warren County Jail.

Bedow Awaits Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on March 25 in front of Magisterial District Judge Laura S. Bauer.

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