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New Bethlehem Man Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend, Threatening to Kill Her

Sunday, July 28, 2019 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

arrestNEW BETHLEHEM BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man is in jail after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and threatening to kill her.

According to court documents, the following criminal charges were filed against 38-year-old Shawn M. Hilliard, of New Bethlehem:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

The charges stem from a report of a domestic altercation that occurred at a residence on Penn Street, in New Bethlehem Borough, Clarion County.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:16 p.m. on July 17, Chief Robert Malnofsky, of the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department, was requested to assist Sergeant Clark and Officer Smith with a physical domestic incident at the above-described location.

Upon Chief Malnofsky’s arrival to the scene, Sergeant Clark reported that Shawn M. Hilliard had assaulted his girlfriend, the complaint states.

The known victim was interviewed, and she stated that the couple had been fighting for a couple of days. She reported that Shawn had been yelling at her all day.

The victim reported that while sitting on her couch, Hilliard stated that “he was going to kill her tonight,” according to the complaint.

The complaint states that when the victim went to the kitchen, Hilliard grabbed her from behind by the neck and threw her to the floor, according to the victim.

Chief Malnofsky observed red marks on the left side to the front of the victim’s neck.

Photos were taken of the marks on the victim’s neck, along with a mark on the inside of her left arm.

The couple’s 10-month-old daughter was present on the scene.

A written statement was obtained from the victim, along with a signed victim’s services form.

The victim was taken into protective custody and transported to a safe location by the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department.

Hilliard was arraigned at 8:30 p.m. on July 18 in Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office.

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on July 30 with Judge Miller presiding.

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