Charges filed against robbery, assault suspects who crashed while fleeing police

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State police in Punxsutawney are investigating a report of a robbery and assault on the morning of Jan. 25.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect charges filed against the second man police say was involved, 48-year-old Dennis L. Penhollow of Jamestown, N.Y.


According to police, two males forced entry into a home on Main Street in McCalmont Township around 11 a.m., where they assaulted the resident and took multiple items before fleeing the scene.

Blake Truver II and Dennis Penhollow, both of Jamestown, N.Y., are accused of hitting a woman in the home over the head with a tire iron and then hitting her repeatedly in the face before they stole five handguns, a shotgun, an assault rifle, guitars, an amplifier and knives.

The men then chased away two other victims with knives when they arrived at the home. Both men then fled the scene in a grey Hyundai with New York plates.

According to the complaint, troopers later spotted the car and attempted a traffic stop only for Truver and Penhollow to speed up and start a chase. Shortly after, they crashed the Hyundai, and EMS crews were called to the scene.

After crashing along route 36 in Young Township, they were flown for treatments for their injuries to Erie.

Truver and Penhollow are now facing charges of burglary, assault, aggravated assault, theft by unlawful taking and possible other charges.

The investigation is ongoing. There is no information on the extent of either man’s injuries after crashing.

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