2 accused of assaulting Pa. hunter arrested in Mo.

FRACKVILLE, Pa. - October 7, 2010

Police at the Frackville barracks say 18-year-old Philip Hemminger, of Black River, N.Y., and 19-year-old Andrew O'Connor, also from New York, were taken into custody Tuesday in Rolla, Mo. Police allege they were trying to pawn stolen merchandise, including guns stolen from Watertown, N.Y.

Police say both have been charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, theft and arson, among other crimes, and they face charges in Missouri.

Authorities say the teens left New York earlier this month and traveled to Pennsylvania, where their vehicle became disabled. Police say they then attacked a 32-year-old Tamaqua man who was archery hunting nearby. Police say they struck him with their weapons Saturday night, took his cell phone and drove away in his truck.

Hemminger's father, Philip Hemminger Sr., told The Associated Press that his son was being held on $400,000 bail. He said the family had been praying for the arrest of the two so neither they nor anyone else would come to harm, and he wanted to offer his deepest apologies to the hunter who was assaulted.

A listed number for O'Connor could not be found Wednesday.

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