CORNING - A Mansfield man has been charged with burglary and attempted kidnapping following an incident that began in Corning and ended in the alleged theft of two vehicles and the death of a Big Flats man.
According to the Corning Police Department, Curtis J. Burrows unsuccessfully attempted at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday to kidnap a woman in a Corning city parking lot near Bridge Street. Burrows then stole her vehicle to flee the scene, which he later crashed in East Corning near the intersection of Hickok Road and Goff Road.
Burrows, 32, of 15540 State Route 6, Mansfield, Pa., continued to flee easterly on foot, police said, and at about 12:30 a.m. Friday police responded to a reported home invasion robbery, with shots fired, on Reasor Hollow Road, in the Town of Big Flats.
According to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office, Burrows allegedly forced his way into the residence, kicking in the front door, where he confronted the homeowners, shooting one of the residents and killing 60-year-old Timothy R. Webster. He then stole a set of truck keys and fled the scene in the Websters' vehicle.
Authorities responded after Webster’s wife, who was in the home, immediately called 911.
Chemung County Sheriff Christopher J. Moss said deputies were able to obtain a description of the stolen vehicle and transmitted it in an attempt to locate the vehicle with the aid of all area law enforcement agencies.
Police said due to Burrows' Pennsylvania residence, the incident and vehicle description were also reported to the Pennsylvania State Police.
Burrows was later located near his residence on State Route 6, in Mansfield, Pa., the Sheriff's Office said. When he noticed law enforcement in the area, he fled in the Websters' vehicle. While attempting to flee, he crashed the vehicle.
Police said Burrows again fled the scene on foot at about 4 a.m. Friday morning and was subsequently picked up by a passerby, who he asked to take him to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro, Pa.
After dropping off Burrows at the hospital, the driver then notified law enforcement of the encounter.
Moss said Burrows was then apprehended at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital by the Wellsboro Police Department, and taken into custody without incident.
Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Burrows has been charged with first-degree burglary, a class B violent felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and attempted kidnapping. The investigation is continuing and other charges, such as homicide, are likely.
Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said the female Burrows attempted to abduct at gunpoint, who was able to get away without being harmed, had met Burrows on social media a couple of days prior to the incident.
“She was on her way to work and encountered him and as this went on she didn’t recognize him at first,” Spaulding said. “Afterwards ... she remembered how she met him.”
Spaulding said the reason Burrows wanted to kidnap the female is unknown and still under investigation.
Assisting the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office during the investigation was the Corning Police Department, the New York and Pennsylvania State Police, the Wellsboro Police Department and the Chemung County Medical Examiner’s Office.