Authorities claim shooting happened three days before Douglas Kohen's first court hearing on abuse counts

By Chris Harris
Updated March 09, 2016 07:25 PM

An alleged child abuser who was free on bail is facing new charges this week after police in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, claim he fired six bullets into the home of his accuser.

A statement from Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan confirms attempted murder, witness intimidation, witness retaliation and other charges have been filed against 63-year-old Douglas Kohen.

The statement claims Kohen aimed a handgun at his neighbor’s home during the early morning hours of March 6, firing six times. Kohen’s alleged victim, her father, and another child were in the residence at the time, but sustained no injuries in the shooting, according to authorities.

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Hogan’s statement claims Kohen was arrested on January 7 on corruption of minors and indecent assault charges; the suspect is alleged to have abused a child under the age of 10 – his neighbor’s daughter.

The shooting occurred three days before Kohen was expected in court for a preliminary hearing in the case, prosecutors allege.

“This defendant shot directly through a window, just missing a child,” Hogan said in his statement. “We are not going to permit witness intimidation in Chester County, especially where children are involved. It was only by dumb luck and God’s grace that this defendant did not kill a child.”

The six bullets shattered windows and exited through a back wall, entering a nearby residence, Hogan said, adding Kohen fled the scene soon after the shooting.

Kohen flipped his car as he was driving away, and responding officers arrived to find 36 live rounds in his possession. He is being held on $1 million cash bail.

Attempts to contact his attorney were unsuccessful Wednesday.

“These poor kids were scared to death,” Hogan said. ‘This defendant is going to face the full weight of the Chester County justice system.”