York man charged with attempted murder after drunken fight over bicycle, money

adouglas@heraldonline.comJuly 6, 2014 

A late-night drunken argument between two men over an alleged stolen bicycle escalated into a fight Saturday night, landing one man in jail, charged with attempted murder.

York Police arrested Ronald Lavern Hunnicutt, 41, of York, just before midnight after officers were called to a dispute at a home on 8th Street, according to a police report. Dispatchers were told that a man was holding another man at gunpoint.

Hunnicutt is accused of arguing with a 29-year-old man over a bicycle and alleged stolen money. Police say both Hunnicutt and the other man, also of York, were intoxicated during the incident.

An argument began on Hunnicutt’s porch when he accused the other man of stealing his bicycle and money from his wallet, the report states. The argument escalated when Hunnicutt asked his son to bring his shotgun. The other man told police that Hunnicutt “loaded (the gun) and then began to poke the weapon in (his) face.”

According to the victim, he had borrowed Hunnicutt’s bicycle four days earlier but had already returned it. He never took any money, he told police.

After the dispute started, the victim tried to walk away, according to the police report. Hunnicutt is accused of following him, continuing to poke him with the shotgun and pushing him down.

As the victim began to walk away again, the report states, Hunnicutt put the shotgun near his right shoulder and pulled the trigger. The victim ran to a nearby home and called police.

Hunnicutt was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the York County Sheriff's Office website. By Sunday afternoon, he was still in jail at the Moss Justice Center.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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