A custody battle in Harrison turned violent Monday night, with one man being driven in the face and another shot in the groin, according to court records.
No one had been charged in connection with the shooting by Wednesday afternoon, but a New Kensington woman who police said cursed the man faces two counts each: aggravated assault, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.
Jnarra Eilam, 25, was released on non-monetary grounds on Tuesday morning following her indictment. There was no lawyer listed for her in the online court records.
A criminal complaint against Eilam said she had berated a man who was involved in a custody battle with her sister.
The man, who has children with the sister, told police that they wanted to pick up the children before the 6 p.m. time set in a custody agreement, and the woman sent him threatening messages throughout the day, the complaint said.
The complaint states that the mother and two other women showed up in separate cars around 4:30 p.m. at his apartment in the Sheldon Park Apartments and agreed to meet the mother at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheetz gas station in To meet Harrison
The man told police that Eilam threatened him after the children were turned over, the complaint said.
The man said he was sitting on a staircase in the Sheldon Park Apartments a short time later when three or four women got out of the vehicles and hurried towards him as an SUV with men pulled up, the complaint said.
Eilam told police that they pounced on the man and fired a taser gun at him, which, according to the complaint, slapped him in the face.
Eilam used the taser several times on the man, sprayed him with pepper spray and hit him and then chased him behind a building, the complaint said. The man told police he heard gunshots as he ran behind the building and Eilam said she stopped tracking the man when she heard the gunfire, the complaint said.
It’s unclear who fired the shots, including one who hit a man sitting next to the man involved in the alleged custody battle. The man who was shot was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the groin, but Allegheny County police said Wednesday the man was “recovered and stable”.
The police refused to provide any further details about the investigation. They asked anyone with information about the case to call the county police at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
A preliminary hearing for Eilam is scheduled for July 7th before District Judge Carolyn S. Bengel.
Natasha Lindstrom is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected], or on Twitter.
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