The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 15, 2014

Copters scan city after knifing suspect flees

— SUNBURY — State police helicopters and the U.S. Marshals Service searched Wednesday night for a Sunbury man who walked out of the Northumberland County Courthouse prior to his sentencing on Monday.

Brian Badman, 29, was scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Charles Saylor, but when his case was called, Badman couldn’t be located. Saylor immediately issue a warrant.

Badman was arrested in October after police said he and his brother, Damian Badman, knifed Shawn Snurkowski, 26, of North Sixth Street, and Amber Edwards, up to 10 times.

Police said the Badmans and an unknown female showed up and began arguing with Snurkowski.

Damian Badman then threw a can of beer in the direction of Snurkowski and Snurkowski’s children, police said.

The arguing escalated, and the Badmans began to stab Snurkowski in the chest, neck and back, police said.

On Monday, Sunbury police and county deputy sheriffs teamed with county adult probation officers in trying to locate Brian Badman, but they could not find him.

By Tuesday, the search increased, and with no luck, the U.S. Marshals Service was called for assistance.

By late Wednesday night, state police helicopters hovered over the city trying to locate Brian Badman.

Acting Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare confirmed the search was still active.

The Badmans face identical charges of four counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, felonies that in total can carry up to 60 years in prison and $100,000 in fines; a misdemeanor charge of possessing an instrument of crime, which can result in a 5-year sentence and $10,000 penalty; and two counts of simple assault, misdemeanors that can carry a 2-year sentence and $5,000 fine.

In Northumberland County Court, Damian Badman pleaded guilty in 2008 to disorderly conduct for fighting; to harassment in 2004; and to disorderly conduct for fighting in 2003. In Snyder County Court, he was found guilty of disorderly conduct for fighting in 2012.

Anyone with information on Brian Badman is asked to call Northumberland County 911 services.


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