A 45-year-old Somerset woman is accused of entering the home of a 57-year-old Acosta man through a garage door on Sept. 26 and waiting for him to arrive home with a knife at ready.
The man told state police that when he entered the residence he noticed a glass window pane was damaged leading into the basement area and when he walked upstairs he saw Taniya Brooks Mason in the living room area holding a steak knife. He then wrestled the knife away from her, police said.
She then grabbed a 30/30 rifle, which was loaded with four rounds, and he was able to get the gun away from Brooks Mason, wrote Cpl. Brandon Miller in a probable-cause affidavit. Next, Brooks Mason grabbed a speaker and hit him in the head with it causing visible cuts and scrapes, police said.
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Broken picture frames and the speaker were seen by the police.
Brooks Mason was arrested at the scene and was lodged in the Somerset County Jail to await arraignment.
At her arraignment on Sept. 27, District Judge Susan Mankamyer set bail at $25,000 and read the charges to her of possession of firearm prohibited, a felony, (she was convicted of aggravated assault in 2001 and is not allowed to possession, use or control a firearm), and lesser graded offenses of two counts of simple assault and one count each of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Brooks Mason is due next in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday before Mankamyer for her preliminary hearing.
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This article originally appeared on The Daily American: Somerset woman goes after a man with knife, then gun, then speaker