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Knox Man Faces New Charges Following Assault of Patient at Clarion Psychiatric Hospital

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

hanna and jailMONROE TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A 29-year-old Knox man is facing new charges following an assault that occurred at a local psychiatric center.

Court documents indicate the Clarion-based State Police filed the following criminal charges against 29-year-old Robert David Hanna, of Knox:

- Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
- Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, around 4:58 p.m. on May 23, Trooper Fluke was dispatched to an assault that occurred at a local psychiatric center. A known male reported that Robert David Hanna struck him on the head.

Around 5:00 p.m., Trooper Fluke interviewed Hanna who allegedly said the victim provoked him by calling him a “[expletive] boy,” so he struck him.

According to the complaint, Hanna allegedly said he hit “some patient with an orange shirt.”

He stated that “he hit the victim a lot with his closed fist on the face and the back of the head,” and the victim did not hit him back. He also allegedly said that he knew what he was doing was “bad,” but he felt it was “okay” because of what the victim called him.

Around 5:30 p.m., Trooper Fluke interviewed the victim at a local hospital. The victim’s right arm was in a sling during the interview.

According to the complaint, the victim said he was walking down the hallway at the psychiatric center to get a soda from his room when he heard a growling sound and recognized Hanna. The victim reported that Hanna punched him hard and fast, two times on the side of the face, and the “lights dimmed out in his head.” He also reported he had pain in his elbow, shoulder, and right arm, and had a headache.

The complaint notes that the injury report from the hospital diagnosed the victim with a dislocated shoulder sustained from the fall after Hanna struck him.

Based on the investigation, Hanna was arraigned at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, in Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill’s office.

He remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

In another case, Hanna is scheduled to attend a criminal conference at the District Attorney’s office on August 15 stemming from aggravated assault and related charges for an incident at a local hospital earlier this year.

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