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NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Charges filed in PA against suspect in connection to fatal home invasion in Big Flats

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November 3, 2017 

CORNING, NY (WENY) -- The man accused of killing a Big Flats man during a home invasion Friday morning has new charges filed in Pennsylvania. 

According to court documents, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows of Mansfield is charged in Pennsylvania with receiving stolen property, a third degree felony. 

Burrows allegedly stole a truck in Big Flats, New York around 12:30 a.m. after a fatal home invasion. 

The whole incident began in Steuben County Thursday night. 

Police in Corning were notified of an attempted kidnapping involving a handgun in a parking lot between Park Lane and West William Street around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say the victim was parking her car on her way to work.

"As Mr. Burrows tried to handcuff the victim to the vehicle she physically resisted and was able to exit the vehicle and run away. The suspect then fled in the
victim's car," said Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding during a joint news conference Friday afternoon. 

Police say the carjacking victim did know of Burrows through social media. 

"They knew of one another. They met a couple days prior to this incident on social media and he had been corresponding with her. She had actually been on her way to work and encountered him. As this went on, she didn't recognize him at first until afterwards, her memory was jarred and she remembered how she knew him from," Spaulding explained.

Just after 9:00 p.m., the stolen car was located by New York State Police in a ditch on the north end of Hickok Road, near the intersection of Goff Road in the Town of Corning.

It is believed Burrows fled on foot. Corning Police along with NYSP, Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Chemung County Sheriff's Office searched a residential development on Jolley Way, which is located off of Goff Road in East Corning. During the search, NYS K-9 and a NYSP helicopter were used in an attempt to find Burrows in a wooded area.  

Around 12:30 a.m., Corning Police were informed of a connected incident of a home invasion, with shots fired, in nearby Big Flats on Reasor Hollow Road. 

"Mr. Burrows had forcefully entered the house and shot one of the homeowners and then stole a vehicle and then left the area. Unfortunately Timothy R. Webster, age 60 of the Town of Big Flats was killed. Mr. Burrows stole a vehicle from the area and was later apprehended in the State of Pennsylvania," Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss said during the news conference.  

Police say Burrows fled in the stolen truck to Pennsylvania, before he crashed in Mansfield. They say he then asked a passerby to take him to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. 

At about 4:00 a.m. police in New York were advised by Pennsylvania State Police that Burrows was in their custody.

"They were on the lookout for a vehicle that was taken from Reasor Hollow. There may or may not have been some sort of vehicular pursuit, I'm not certain of that. But they did encounter the vehicle and then found the vehicle crashed out, but no occupants in it," Spaulding said.

"They were alerted by the hospital that somebody had been taken into their hospital for medical care and they responded and took [Burrows] into custody," Spaulding continued. 

During the Friday afternoon joint press conference, police say a .45 caliber pistol was recovered inside the truck at the scene of the accident in Mansfield. Authorities say Burrows does not have a pistol permit they are aware of in the State of New York.

The Chemung County District Attorney says the Chemung County Sheriff's Office has filed a felony complaint charging Burrows with burglary in the first degree. That is considered a Class B violent felony, which is punishable up to 25 years.

Chemung County DA Weeden Wetmore says more charges are expected.

"The investigation is going forward. Obviously with the death of Mr. Webster, we're contemplating homicide charges down the road. But at this juncture, simply a felony charge of burglary in the first degree," Wetmore said during the news conference. 

Burrows is also currently wanted by the City of Corning Police Department for attempted kidnapping and robbery charges.

WENY News will continue to follow this story and bring you any updates as new information becomes available. 


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