Last updated: May 22. 2014 11:52PM - 3252 Views
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A husband and wife from Wilkes-Barre on the run for a week after a shooting on Hutson Street were captured by New Jersey State Police early Thursday morning.

Tony Ransome, 37, and Treasa Ransome, 38, of 86 Hutson St., were arrested in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, about 10 miles east from Philadelphia, said Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.

Salavantis said the couple were jailed at the Camden County Correctional Facility.

The Ransomes eluded authorities for a week after Josue Vargas was shot outside 62 Hutson St. on May 15.

Vargas survived gunshot wounds to his head, face, arms and hand, police said.

Police allege Tony Ransome fired five shots from a shotgun at Vargas after Vargas yelled at his Ransome’s wife for speeding on Hutson Street.

According to the criminal complaints:

Treasa Ransome drove at a high rate of speed as Vargas was removing a child from a vehicle. Vargas yelled at the driver at which time Treasa Ransome backed up and yelled back, “I’ll have my husband handle this.”

Minutes later, Tony Ransome ran down Hutson Street loading a shotgun, aiming it at four people in front of 62 Hutson St. They pleaded with him not to shoot as there were children in the apartment building.

Vargas emerged from the residence and stood in the door telling Tony Ransome, “I was the one arguing with your wife.”

Tony Ransome allegedly aimed and fired at Vargas five times before running back to his house, the complaints say.

A surveillance camera above the front door of 86 Hutson St. allegedly recorded Tony Ransome leaving the residence carrying a shotgun and a black ski mask. Tony Ransom is recorded returning to the residence without the shotgun, and Treasa Ransome’s blue station wagon and a Chevrolet Impala are seen driving away, according to the complaints.

Police recovered the Chevrolet in the area of Walnut Street and Carey Avenue about an hour after the shooting.

Both Ransomes are charged with aggravated assault. He is further charged with discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and possession of a firearm by a convict. Treasa Ransome is charged with hindering apprehension.

Police said Tony Ransome is prohibited from possessing and carrying a gun.

Court records say Tony Ransome was sentenced in Dauphin County Court in December 2006 to six months to two years in state prison on charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and making terroristic threats.

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