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Clarion Man Accused of Hitting Neighbor With Bat Due in Court Tomorrow

Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavel-cuffsCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man who allegedly struck his neighbor with a bat is due in court on Tuesday.

Court documents indicate 57-year-old Ronald Wray Hull, of Clarion, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, on the following charges:

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

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:07 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, Officer O’Neil, of the Clarion Borough Police Department, was dispatched to a residence on South Street for a report of a victim struck in the head with a baseball bat.

Officer O’Neil requested assistance from the Clarion University Police, and Officers Slagle and Mohney arrived on the scene.

According to the complaint, Officer O’Neil made contact with the victim who stated that Ronald Hull struck him in the head with a little bat, “like one of the souvenir ones you get at baseball games.”

The victim stated that he went to the door of his apartment to check on Hull because Hull was playing loud music and making statements the victim could not understand. The victim said he leaned into the common area from his door and asked Hull if he was okay, and Hull then hit him on the head with the bat from his doorway. The victim then returned to his own apartment and called 9-1-1, according to the complaint.

Officer O’Neil proceeded through the residence to the common landing area then to the laundry room in the basement and noticed that the door to the apartment separating the common area from the victim’s apartment was unattached from the wall, and it appeared that it had been forcefully opened as the trim and hinge side was off the door frame.

On the other side of the common landing area, Officer O’Neil noted Hull’s apartment door was open, and there were two cases of soda and a blue plastic bin in the doorway.

The complaint states that Officer O’Neil then observed what appeared to be a mini baseball bat laying on the floor beside a chair which Hull was sitting in.

Officer O’Neil attempted to speak to Hull about the incident.

According to the complaint, Hull denied knowing anything that happened, and when Officer O’Neil entered the room to obtain the bat lying next to him, Hull became irate and told him to leave, and to leave the bat that was “seized without a warrant.”

The complaint notes that Hull was highly intoxicated.

Officer O’Neil then exited the apartment with the bat, which the complaint states was seized as evidence since it was in plain view from the doorway.

Hull then closed his door. When Officer O’Neil knocked and asked to speak to him further about the incident, he stated, “No one’s home.”

According to the complaint, when Officer O’Neil showed the bat to the victim, the victim confirmed it was the same bat that Hull hit him with. Officer O’Neil then asked the victim if he required medical attention, and the victim said he did not, although Officer O’Neil encouraged him to get checked out since he was struck on the head.

The victim had a lump approximately two inches long and an inch wide raised approximately a half-inch on his head where he was struck, according to the complaint.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed on Wednesday, November 21, in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn.

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