2 charged after threats forced lockdown





Two men face charges after threats made on a family led to the lockdown of the entire Montrose Area School District on Monday, Sept. 12.
Susquehanna County detectives charged Matthew Brand, 45, of Montrose, and Adam Bohn, with a felony count terroristic threats on Thursday. According to court documents, the men threatened a man, along with a woman and her children.
The threats prompted Monday’s lockdown of the three schools in the Montrose Area district.
According to the affidavit, two women and one man came to the Susquehanna County Courthouse on Montrose and reported threats made against them to Sheriff Lance Benedict and requested protection. The sheriff received assistance from county detectives, as well as Pennsylvania State Police.
The male victim told the detective that he had heard Matt Brand “wanted him dead” and was setting him up to be killed and “take the fall” for things he had done, according to the affidavit.
The three told county detectives that Brand and Bohn were threatening them and their children.
“You don’t know what he is capable of, I do!” said the man, “He will…. kill me and the kids are in danger!”
The man also said that Brand had attacked him with a baseball bat in the past.
The three were asked to provide detectives with written statements. The two women wrote out their statements, but the man provided only a verbal statement to investigators.
In a written statement, one woman reported that she has heard Brand and Bohn, as well as two other men, plan to kill the male victim in order to frame him for other alleged illegal activity. She wrote that Brand also wanted her dead “because she knows too much,” according to the affidavit.
The other woman said Brand and Bohn had arrived at her residence on Sunday morning, and told her that there was a “hit” on the male victim’s head. She then wrote that Brand said to her, “…and just remember I know where your kids sleep.”
In the female victim’s statement, she also wrote that Brand had advised Bohn to go to the other woman and “teach her a lesson,” according to the affidavit.
The woman said she was afraid for her life and her children’s lives but had also been afraid to report the incident.
Montrose Area schools went on lockdown for several hours Monday, Sept. 12, after the district received word from the Susquehanna County Sheriff’s Office of a possible threatening situation Montrose Area Schools on lockdown.
Brand and Bohn were both charged with felony counts of terroristic threats and remanded to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.
Preliminary hearings for both men are scheduled to be held Monday, Sept. 26 in Montrose District Court.
District Attorney Robert Klein said his office is continuing its investigation into the circumstances that surrounded the incident.

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