Scarf Saves Woman’s Life In Slashing

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MOSCOW -- A frightening incident over the weekend involving a man and woman erupted in violence, according to police in Lackawanna County.

Now the man is charged with attempted homicide.

Timothy McGoff, 37, of Moscow is locked up after police say he tried to kill the mother of his children over the weekend. According to court papers, McGoff followed Leslie Bacinelli and her boyfriend throughout the Moscow area on Saturday night after he was told he wasn't getting his kids.

According to the affidavit, Bacinelli called police after realizing she and her boyfriend were being followed. Court papers say Bacinelli called 911 twice after the first time she was told state police were too busy.

Court Papers say McGoff hit Bacinelli's vehicle multiple times in a car that police later found was stolen from the Market Street Inn bar. The car eventually hit this guide rail near Interstate 380 where McGoff threatened to kill the mother of his children.

Court papers say when McGoff approached Bacinelli, he grabbed her by the hair and placed a pocket knife in her mouth cutting her lip to her cheek. Police say McGoff then said, "say goodbye, this is your last…breath" and tried to cut the woman's throat with the knife.

Court papers say a thick scarf Bacinelli was wearing prevented him from cutting her throat.

"Anywhere you go there is domestic violence but we're very surprised and very saddened," said Theresa Collins, North Pocono Public Library.

The North Pocono Public Library is just feet away from where the incident happened.

"We believe she is a patron but we wish her well and we're so happy that her scarf apparently saved her life."

Police say they recovered a loaded .22 caliber long rifle in the stolen car and bottles McGoff said were filled with gasoline. When asked what he planned on doing with those bottles he said, "I'll save that for court."

Timothy McGoff remains in the Lackawanna County Prison.

29 comments

  • Take responsibility

    Everybody always thinks that what going on in their life is the most important and law enforcement should drop everything they are doing, including other cases and run to them. PSP covers the whole county, if they are on another call across the county doesn’t it make since to call the closest police department, not to mention the one with jurisdiction. This whole thing started in Moscow!! Besides, who cares which dept. shows up as long as someone does and its the CLOSEST!!! You people should do some research before you start bashing agencies. Everybody’s focusing and blaming police and 911 center instead of the scumbag psychopath who tried to kill his kids mother. SMH some priorities you have.

  • FIRST-TRU-ARCHER

    People should be happy there is a police presence at all. With all the petty crap criminals do and all the budget cuts it’s a miracle we can even get an officer when needed. People are better off to get trained in self protection and not to rely on the men and women in blue 100% of the time for Jesus sakes what are you to do if you haven’t a phone? Get armed now and get trained in the proper usage. If every honest individual was armed the criminals would be less likely to do criminal activity for fear they’d get their heartless brainless heroinless a s s e s shot to death

  • Mad In Hazleton

    Court papers say Bacinelli called 911 twice after the first time she was told state police were too busy……………………………………………………………….
    Wow Wow OMG OMG, are you kidding me…..she calls 911 for help, and is told they are to busy.
    This story here is why everyone should go out and get a Concealed carry permit….This story is a perfect advertisement for a CCP….

    • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

      So if we all took your “John Wayne” advice, there would be a dead person, perhaps two, and maybe a child shot and killed. How about we let the law enforcement community do their jobs? Moscow is not covered by the PSP, they have a fulltime police department. The victim was told that the PSP were too busy (which I agree that the Comm Center should not have said), but they also told them that Moscow had been called. Moscow police arrived AS THE CRIME WAS HAPPENING and stopped McGoff in his tracks before it went further. Now, Mr. McGoff, who is still very much alive, can stand trial for his crime and face his penalty. The victim, although injured, still has her children and boyfriend and can move on with her life. All she has for the experience is a few mental scars and one physical scar. So, Mr. Mad In Hazleton, my way no one dies, including the gun owner.

      • Me

        The police were obviously not there in time. And in many cases it is impossible for them to be. If she wasn’t wearing a scarf, or if he had used a gun instead of a knife, she quite possibly would be dead. Turn it around and give her the gun and we end up with no injuries to the victim and one dead criminal. Win-Win. I will continue to carry and protect myself. I will make sure I never use my firearm to protect you.

      • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

        I will make sure never to ask you. I can take care of myself, thank you. McGoff was armed with a loaded .22. So, lets do as you say and turn it around. Now she has a gun….he has a gun. Now you have a gunfight with bullets flying everywhere, including around the children. Now enter the Moscow patrolman. He sees two individuals with weapons firing and he is going to take them both out. Count the bodies. Situation was handled correctly by all involved except McGoff.

      • Mad In Hazleton

        My Dog
        you are under the assumption that bullets would fly everywhere.. DuH..aim center mass the way we are taught when you take classes… I guess in your mind we should get rid of that pesky document call the constitution or just the parts you don’t like…

  • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

    Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

  • pagirl

    Too busy? Too busy for what?
    That is BS.
    I would be talking to someone about that response. An advocate? An Atty perhaps ? This is the crap that needs to be dealt with and followed through. Someone needs to stand up for the right and wrongs in this F’ed up county and Country.

    • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

      You seem to have all of the answers. I nominate you to be that “someone” you speak of.

      • Home Safety

        “You seem to have all of the answers” …said the person who has pretty much commented on both sides of every story NEP has going this week. “How about we let the law enforcement community do their jobs?” Excellent advice – no disrespect to our men and women in blue – and I fully support their work – but they can’t be everywhere for everyone. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Enough with your John Wayne, wild west vitriol. Be gone, troll.

      • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

        “When seconds count, the police are minutes away”. Ah yes, the good ‘ol NRA t-shirt garbage. They’ve trained you well. And you call us sheep? I laugh at you.

      • Ready to defend and protect

        So you have a problem with an organization and it’s members that try to uphold the constitution, promote firearm safety, and want to ensure that violent criminals are prosecuted and properly incarcerated? I’ve been trained well, to handle firearms and protect myself and loved ones, with or without a gun. Who said anything about sheep? Or is that what you fancy when the mood is right? Go back to your macrame and make another pair of sandals, let the people that work for a living fend for themselves. Check the balance on your EBT card and smoke another J while you’re at it.

    • no small town justice

      Good luck. I was a resident there in a similar situation. When I called 911 I was told I was not in their jurisdiction. Last I knew PA was in the PA state police jurisdiction. When repeatedly calling and unable to talk I received 2 phone calls back saying if this is an emergency please call back… Which I did only to have nobody show.

      • Take responsibility

        You would be wrong. Moscow has a full time department. PSP covers interstates and areas that don’t have a police dept. Or if a department requests assistance.

    • Take responsibility

      Yeah, see how that works out for you. Part of the problem is people who are looking for the lawsuits before thinking. The closest agency, and the one with jurisdiction was called. But I do agree that she should not have had to called twice, if she even had to. There is a lot more to this story.

    • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

      Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

      • Home Safety

        Copy and paste much?

        Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

        Copy and paste much?

        Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

        Copy and paste much?

        Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

      • Take responsibility

        I agree. But I am curios to know why this was even in any court document. How is it relevant to the crime? Was this somebody’s attempt at trying to bash the 911 center or PSP?

    • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

      Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

      • Home Safety

        Copy and paste much?

        Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

        Copy and paste much?

        Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

        Copy and paste much?

        Too busy is pure BS. Not the case at all. The Lackawanna Comm Center received the call and it was routed to the PSP because the victims gave their location as the I-380 exit. PSP knew they were too far out to respond timely and immediately sent the call to Moscow, who has a fully staffed fulltime police department. The Moscow patrol car was there as the incident was unfolding and stopped him in his tracks. Instead of more cop-bashing, I look at this as another example of state and local law enforcement working together to protect and serve.

      • My Dog Is Smarter Than You

        Nothing wrong with copy and paste. It’s the exact same response for all of you gun-toting, NRA spewing cowboys. Look, I own guns…four rifles and two handguns. But I’m not going to whip it out and start shooting up the town every time someone looks sideways at me. If this woman or her boyfriend had been armed there is a good possibility that this story would be about one, maybe more, dead people. That’s all I’m saying. Owning a firearm is a huge responsibility and it worries me that CCP’s are granted to people with such a cavalier mentality regarding taking a life. Why all the cop bashing? What are you hiding? What won’t they let you do?

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