Hearing Set for Tuesday for Inmate Accused of Assaulting Another Prisoner at Jefferson County

PINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An inmate is facing a hearing Tuesday on criminal charges related to an incident where he allegedly assaulted another prisoner at the Jefferson County Jail earlier this month.

Court documents indicate 37-year-old Michael W. Roberto, of Emporium, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, on the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at the Jefferson County Jail in early January.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:22 p.m. on January 16, Trooper Malloy, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was dispatched to the Jefferson County Jail in Pine Creek Township for a report of a physical assault that occurred on January 13 around 12:30 p.m.

Trooper Malloy was given video surveillance of the assault.

According to the complaint, the video showed Michael Roberto walking up behind a known inmate and pulling and shoving him away from a chair he was attempting to sit in. The victim then grabbed a table to keep from falling down, which allegedly caused injury to the victim’s hands.

The victim was taken to Penn Highlands Hospital in Brookville for treatment of his injuries, which were reported as minor cuts on both hands, including one on his left middle finger that required two stitches.

The following charges were filed against Roberto through Judge Bazylak’s office on January 22.


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