Dayton Man Allegedly Throws Woman to the Ground, Grabs Her Around Neck, Then Steals Hammock

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – A Dayton man faces charges after he allegedly assaulted a women and then removed items from a residence located on McCleary Road, in Highland Township, Clarion County.

According to a criminal complaint, police were contacted around 3:50 p.m. on September 11 when a woman reported her daughter had just been assaulted by Nathan McKee Dongilli, 36, of Dayton, who is identified as the victim’s ex-boyfriend.

Dongilli allegedly fled the scene prior to police arrival, the complaint states.

The victim told police Dongilli “showed up at the residence on a motorcycle and wanted to talk, and she asked him to leave several times and he refused,” the complaint indicates.

The victim said she “attempted to call her mother to assist her when Dongilli allegedly grabbed her, threw her to the ground, and grabbed her around her neck,” the complaint continues.

When the victim screamed, a friend of the victim came from inside the residence and tackled Dongilli, but Dongilli allegedly punched him in the eye before the man restrained Dongilli in a headlock. When the man let Dongilli go, Dongilli allegedly took a black bag containing a hammock and a slackline valued at $200.00 from the residence and fled on his motorcycle, according to the complaint.

Police spoke with the man, who said he tackled Dongilli off the victim but Dongilli punched him in the left eye before he could restrain him, who then entered the residence, took a black bag, and fled on his motorcycle. Police were able to view scrapes on the man’s legs from wrestling with Dongilli, the complaint states.

Police took Dongilli into custody along Paint Boulevard during a traffic stop and allegedly found him to be in possession of the black bag which contained the slackline and an empty hammock bag, according to the complaint.

According to online court documents, Dongilli was arraigned at 6:00 p.m. on September 11 before District Judge Timothy Schill.

He faces the following charges:

  • Burglary of a facility developed for overnight accommodation with a person present – Felony 1
  • Simple assault – Misdemeanor 2
  • Theft by unlawful taking of movable property – Misdemeanor 2
  • Receiving stolen property – Misdemeanor 2
  • Harassment by subjecting another to physical contact – Summary (two counts)

Unable to post bail of $50,000.00, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. on September 22 with Judge Schill presiding.


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