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Waymart Man Charged In Shooting

Browndale, PA – On 12/04/19 at approximately 0140 hours, PSP Honesdale received a 911 call from a residence on Martin Street in Browndale, PA. The female caller (name withheld at this time) related that someone had broken into her residence and shot her male companion (name withheld at this time) with a rifle. The actor, Jesse Lester Skates, 29 yrs old of Waymart, PA, was reported to have fled the scene in a dark-colored Subaru. Responding troopers encountered the vehicle on Elk Lake Drive and took SKATES into custody after a brief pursuit.
Following interviews and examination of evidence at the scene, it was determined that Skates forcibly entered the residence by breaking a window. The female victim was awakened by the noise and observed Skates entering the residence with a .22-caliber rifle. She retreated to the bedroom and woke the male victim. Skates followed the female into the bedroom and after a brief verbal exchange, he shot the male victim in the face. A struggle ensued and the rifle was broken in the process. Skates then assaulted the male victim with a pocket knife, causing a superficial laceration to his face.
The male victim was transported to Geisinger CMC where he remains in intensive care but is expected to survive.
Skates is being charged with Attempted Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Burglary and other related charges.
An arraignment will be held at the Honesdale Courthouse at 9:15.
Media contact: TFC. Robert M. URBAN 570-963-4295,
















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