Hearing for Punxsy Man Charged With Repeatedly Punching Woman’s Head Scheduled

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing date has been scheduled for a Punxsutawney man facing criminal charges for allegedly pinning a woman down and repeatedly punching her in the back of the head.

Court documents indicate 48-year-old Christopher Allen Brasse is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 9:15 a.m. on September 22.

He faces the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

He remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $10,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from an incident in Punxsutawney in early August.

Details of the case:

Around 8:30 a.m. on August 11, Christopher Allen Brasse and a known female victim became involved in a verbal argument that turned physical after the victim caused Brasse to spill coffee on himself, according to the complaint.

Brasse then allegedly threw the remaining coffee on the victim and sprung to his feet, close to the victim’s face. The victim, who reported she feared Brasse was going to hit her, pushed him away, causing him to fall on the bed. He allegedly grabbed the victim’s arm and pulled her on top of him, then raised his hands as if to slap her, the complaint continues.

The victim broke free by pushing and scratching at Brasse’s face, and Brasse then got up and began to throw things at the victim. He then went toward the victim, who believed he was going to hit her, so she raised her leg to push him away, and her foot came in contact with his stomach, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Brasse then picked up the victim and put her on the bed face first with his hand on her back, forcing her head into the bed. The victim reported she was crying out and was unable to breathe, and Brasse then began striking her in the back of the head with a closed fist. He allegedly struck the victim three times on the back of the head and once in the back of the neck.

The victim told police Brasse stated, “If you are going to fight like a man, you deserve to be hit like a man,” and then asked her, “Are you done yet?” The victim responded by exclaiming that she couldn’t breathe, and then moved toward the end of the bed, resulting in both individuals falling on the floor, with the victim on top of Brasse. Brasse then reportedly stated, “I can do this all day,” and the victim got up, grabbed her purse, and locked herself in a bathroom, according to the complaint.

The victim attempted to call a family member from the bathroom, but Brasse tried to break down the door, striking it with enough force to crack it. The victim told police he only stopped because he called his therapist in an attempt to create an alibi, the complaint indicates.

Brasse was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 10:25 a.m. on August 25.

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