BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
TUNKHANNOCK - A 28-year-old Tunkhannock man is in jail on charges he attempted to kill his girlfriend and her children on Christmas night.
Randal Everetts, of 36 Cooks Trailer Park, turned himself in to police on Thursday. He is charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, and one count of making terroristic threats.
Everetts is in the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.
According to a criminal complaint, Tunkhannock Borough police responded to a call at 12:18 a.m. Dec. 26 for a reported assault of a 25-year-old female at her Franklin Avenue home in Tunkhannock.
Police said when they arrived, the woman told them that about 11 p.m. on Dec. 25, she and Everetts had an argument concerning a text message he received on his cell phone. The argument turned physical, and she told Everetts to leave, but he refused.
Everetts began to strike her, the complaint says, hitting her on her left eye and lower lip. He also allegedly struck her with his knees and elbows while in the living room. The woman also told police that Everetts choked her several times to the point she nearly lost consciousness.
She fled into the bedroom where her children were located, and locked the door. Everetts used a screwdriver to force the door open, police said.
While in the bedroom, Everetts allegedly approached the woman and used the screwdriver in an attempt to slit her throat. The woman's six-year-old daughter was awakened by the noise.
The victim told police Everetts then threatened to kill her and both of her children. She said Everetts made a motion toward the six-year-old as if he was going to strike her, but stopped.
The fight moved into the kitchen, according to the complaint. Everetts picked up a steak knife and threatened to harm himself. He continued arguing with the womaN, then turned towards her.
Everetts allegedly used the steak knife to slash the woman, cutting her arm and ripping her sweatshirt. He reportedly forced the woman outside, stomping on and injuring her bare foot in the process. He then fled in a silver Pontiac Grand Am.
After he turned himself in Thursday, Everetts was arraigned on before Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m.