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Suspect Arrested in Susquehanna County Homicide

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THOMPSON -- A woman is under arrest in connection with a homicide in Susquehanna County.

Troopers arrested Cassandra Mercincavage Monday and charged her with the shooting death of Robert Hubal, 49, of Thompson, on Sunday.

Police said Mercincavage, 31, shot Hubal twice in the head and once in the body.

Police responded around 11 a.m. Sunday to Hubal's home on Potter Hill Road in Thompson. His body was found inside the home.

Hubal's pickup truck was missing and was later seen in Scranton. Troopers said they later recovered the truck abandoned in Moosic.

Investigators found Mercincavage in a motel in the Moosic area. A firearm believed to have been used in the crime was also recovered.

People in the Thompson area of Susquehanna County say the victim's family is well respected in the community.

"It's sad to hear this," said Thompson Mayor James Delaney. "The Hubals are a big family. They all stick together, hard workers. It's just a real sad situation. Everybody in the community is real concerned, wondering what's going on, glad to hear she's where she's supposed to be."

The victim's body was found in his home on Potter Hill Road in Thompson Township on Sunday.

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas overnight, Mark Fallon of Thompson says it's unfortunate to see that gun violence is continuing.

"Everything that happened in Las Vegas last night, it's just another nail in the coffin that shows that we need a little bit stricter gun regulations, I think."

Troopers say Mercincavage and Hubal had just recently broken up.

Thompson's mayor often saw the suspect in the area.

"I had a flower shop, which I'm retired now. She'd come to the shop and you could tell that she was different," said Mayor Delaney.

Mercincavage is due in court next on October 6.


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