Violent attacker in custody after car crash during pursuit in Broome County

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One man is in custody after committing a violent assault in Broome County, then crashing a stolen vehicle at the end of a high-speed police chase on Saturday (April 17).

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State police were called to a residence on Ellerson Road in the Town of Barker — just south of Whitney Point — shortly before 2 pm.

Investigators say 29-year-old Matthew Bonser, of Nanticoke, PA, had broken into the home and attacked a 71-year-old male who confronted him.

That person was brought to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Another person was also inside at the time, but was not hurt.

Before officers arrived, Bonser fled the scene and ran to a nearby residence on State Route 11. He then threatened a victim with a knife to obtain car keys and took off in the stolen vehicle.

A Broome County Deputy spotted Bonser and started the initial pursuit. Troopers soon located him driving at a high rate of speed on Interstate 81.

Eventually, Bonser would leave the freeway at exit 3, traveling along local roads before crashing into an uninvolved vehicle and a light pole on Colesville Road.

He was taken into custody and brought to the hospital for medical treatment.

The person in the vehicle he crashed into was identified as an 87-year-old male. He also was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Bonser is also a Fugitive of Justice in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Among his new charges are felonies of Assault in the first degree, Burglary in the first degree and Robbery in the first degree.

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