Four Local Men Face Aggravated Assault Charges After Violent Attack Outside New Bethlehem Bar

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – Four local men are facing felony assault charges after they allegedly instigated a violent altercation that left a man hospitalized.

Court documents indicate the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 23-year-old Gary Dylan Rhodes, of Mayport, 23-year-old Anthony Lynn Ortz, of New Bethlehem, 23-year-old Braxton Richard Orr, of New Bethlehem, and 36-year-old Brent Allen Lee, of Fairmount City.

According to the criminal complaints, on Monday, March 19, 2018, Sergeant Peck was assigned to investigate an assault case. There was an altercation between the victim’s father and another individual inside a local bar at approximately 1:15 a.m, and the victim and his father were directed to leave the bar.

The complaint states that Gary Rhodes, Anthony Ortz, Braxton Orr, and Brent Lee then followed the victim into the bar’s parking lot and, acting in concert with each other, allegedly instigated an altercation with the victim and the victim’s father. The victim was then struck on the head repeatedly and finally kicked in the face as he was attempting to get off the ground.

The victim required surgery to correct a fractured jaw; he suffered bruising, cuts, and redness on the top of the left eye, bleeding in the ears, and injuries around the mouth area.

Rhodes, Ortz, Orr, and Lee were arraigned at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

All four individuals are free on $25,000.00 monetary bail each. Bail was posted by a professional bondsman.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, with Judge Miller presiding.

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