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Clymer man charged with holding people at gunpoint after collision

FRENCH CREEK – A Clymer man chased a car, caused a crash and then held the other vehicle’s occupants at gunpoint Wednesday night, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

Nathan T. Babcock, 34, also hit two men in the face with a shotgun and fired a round into the air on Marks Corners Road, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies were told about a crash and a person with a gun at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they ordered Babcock to drop the weapon and he complied with their order, authorities said.

Babcock, of French Creek Mina Road, was charged with second-degree assault, three counts of second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. He was arraigned and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

The operator of the other vehicle, Jeremy M. Cross, 23, of Corry, Pa., was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. The charge indicates Cross is accused of having a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent.


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