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2 charged with robbing Tamaqua hunter waive charges to court

Published November 17. 2010 05:00PM

Two New York state men, who are charged with robbing a Tamaqua man and assaulting him in the process, waived their right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday and had all pending criminal counts sent to the county court.

Philip E. Hemminger Jr., 18, and Andrew M. O'Connor, 19, both of Carthage, will face charges of criminal conspiracy, arson, robbery of a motor vehicle, terroristic threats, simple assault and dangerous burning. Charges of aggravated assault were dropped by prosecutors.

The two appeared before District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, for an incident that occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the state game lands number 22, along Oak Ridge Road, in Walker Township.

The two confronted William J. Hankey Jr. as he left the woods after hunting. The two pointed assault weapons at Hankey with one of them hitting him with the stock of his gun. Hankey was hit a second time and fell to the ground. The two then kicked him numerous times.

They took Hankey's 2008 Dodge Dakota extended cab pickup truck along with his wallet, crossbow, iPhone and other personal items. Hankey fled into the nearby woods and stayed there all night, walking out about 5 a.m.

He went to a nearby residence. An ambulance was called and police were notified. Hankey was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for treatment.

On Oct. 5 state police at Frackville received a call from police in Rolla, Mo., who stated they had the two men in custody who had Hankey's truck. The two were jailed in Rolla on a Pennsylvania warrant and extradited back to Schuylkill County.

The two have been in the county prison on $200,000 straight cash bail and was returned to the prison after the proceeding.

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