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Sligo Man Accused of Resisting Arrest Following Domestic Dispute
The following charges were filed Monday against Robert L. Ashbaugh at Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office in New Bethlehem:
- Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
- Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce, Misdemeanor 2
- Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
- Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Summary
- Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary
- Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary
On October 9 around 3:49 p.m., the New Bethlehem Police Department was dispatched to 1402 Morris Street in Sligo Borough for a report of a domestic dispute, according to a criminal complaint filed by New Bethlehem Police Officer Dale.
Around 4:07 p.m., Officers Dale and Clark arrived on the scene with Clarion-based State Police Trooper Rowe.
The suspect, Robert Ashbaugh, was being restrained by family members and Sligo Volunteer Fire Department personnel upon police arrival.
The criminal complaint indicates that Ashbaugh did not comply when police told him to put his hands behind back.
Eventually, Ashbaugh complied; however, he allegedly attempted to kick officers while being placed in the police car and failed to obey multiple verbal commands.
The female victim told police that Ashbaugh was intoxicated when he began to fight with her, according to the criminal complaint.
Ashbaugh allegedly pushed the victim, struck her, and jumped on her back, knocking her to the ground. The victim suffered elbow and back injuries as a result of the altercation.
When family members tried to intervene, Ashbaugh allegedly “struck them and shoved them to the ground.”
Ashbaugh then walked to a nearby residence where he allegedly punched the side of a garage and pushed the homeowner to the ground, the criminal complaint said.
While inside the police car, Ashbaugh allegedly kicked the doors multiple times and cut his head when he slammed it off of the window.
Ashbaugh was transported by to the Clarion Hospital Emergency Room for treatment and later placed in the Clarion County Jail after failing to post $30,000 cash bail.
He faces a preliminary hearing on October 17 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Miller.
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