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Local Man Accused of Repeatedly Punching Woman in Paint Township
Court documents indicate the Marienville-based State Police filed criminal charges against 31-year-old Bryan Joseph Barto, of Marienville.
According to a criminal complaint, around 2:55 p.m. on Friday, February 14, a victim reported to the Marienville-based State Police that she had been assaulted by Bryan Joseph Barto.
The complaint notes the victim had an injury to her left eye that appeared to be recent.
The victim reported that she met Barto at a location in Clarion, and he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. She noted he “has had an ongoing drug problem, mainly methamphetamine,” and told police he was angry and yelled at her and argued with her while they were traveling to Walmart, according to the complaint.
The victim reported that when they were riding home, after shopping, Barto turned from State Route 66 onto Brennan Road and “slammed on the brakes,” then turned and punched her in the eye with a closed fist, the complaint indicates.
The victim said Barto then continued to drive for a time before pulling over and striking her repeatedly. The victim then got out of the vehicle, and Barto drove away, the complaint states.
Barton was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, on the following charges:
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, with Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller presiding.
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