Emerson ":John" Tohafjuan faces 19 felony counts, including murder

The man accused of ambushing three people in Waterloo — killing two of them — was denied bail Monday afternoon.

Investigators say Emerson "John" Tohafjian shot and killed 53-year-old Lori McConnell and 45-year-old Chuck Andrus at a home on Virginia street last month. A second woman, 50-year-old Karen Zdunko, was also hurt in the attack, but survived.

A grand jury indicted Tohafjian on 19 felony counts, including four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, three counts of burglary, tampering with a witness, intimidating a victim or witness, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and three counts of criminal contempt.

Tohafjian will remain in the Seneca County Jail without bail.

Tohafjian has a lengthy criminal history that spans nearly 30 years. Tohafjian was first arrested back in 1990 and convicted of robbery. Since then, he has been in and out of jail on a number of violent crimes.

On June 3 of this year, Tohafjian was charged with assault, obstruction of breathing, menacing, and criminal mischief for allegedly hitting and choking one of the victims in the homicide. He was arraigned in the Town of Fayette Court, where a judge set bail at $500 and issued an order of protection. Two weeks later, on June 19, Tohafjian is accused of ignoring that order of protection. Court paperwork indicates this time, he raped and choked the woman to the point where she thought she would die. He then picked up and threw a cat carrier, with a cat inside, onto a road, causing an injury to the cat. He again appeared in front of the same judge, who set bail at $10,000. A family member posted his bail.