Posted by on September 26, 2021 1:29 am

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A Schuylkill County man was arrested last week for allegedly trying to run down a family in a Walmart parking lot in a dispute of a parking spot.

According to information released by Tilden Township Police Dept., 53-year-old Thomas Hablett was taken into custody without incident on Sept. 20 at his home in Schuylkill Haven.

He’s accused of trying to run over a family of 3 in the Walmart parking lot just outside Hamburg back in early September.

Schuylkill County Man Attempted to Run Family Down Over Stolen Parking Space at Walmart

On Sept. 1, police say that a man in a Chevy HHR got really mad over a parking spot at the store. They say he accused the family – a man, his girlfriend, and their 3-year-old daughter – of taking what he says was his spot.

Hablett allegedly circled the Walmart parking lot, waiting for the family to exit their vehicle to make their way into the store. That family did eventually leave their vehicle and as they approached the crosswalk in front of the Walmart. Hablett then did a U-turn in the travel lane at the front of the store and then began speeding along, right at the family as they began making their way into the store, police say.

The man in the family, who was holding the child, had to take a step back to avoid getting hit. Hablett then opened the door of his vehicle and began yelling at the family over the parking space.

He wasn’t done there, police add.

After the family went into the Walmart, police say Hablett parked his car and went over to the family’s vehicle and vandalized it. He then got back into his vehicle and left the area.

Tilden Township PD says they interviewed Hablett on Sept. 8 at his home in Haven. He relayed the story that the family “stole” his spot at the Walmart and that he yelled at the person who he believes did it, police say.

Police got a warrant for Hablett’s arrest on Sept. 13 and before 7 a.m. on the 22nd, members of the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force made their move, taking Hablett into custody. He was arraigned before District Judge Kim Bagenstose on the following charges:

Aggravated assault (first-degree felony)

Aggravated assault with a weapon (second-degree felony)

Aggravated assault against a minor (first-degree felony)

Hablett’s also facing several misdemeanor charges and some driving offenses in connection with this incident.

He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail on the 22nd and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 18.

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