Local Man Accused of Punching Woman While She Was Driving

FALLS CREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Assault charges have been filed against a Reynoldsville man who allegedly punched a woman while she was driving in the Falls Creek area.

Court documents indicate the DuBois-based State Police filed criminal charges against 53-year-old Michael Bruce Ellis.

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, DuBois-based State Police were dispatched to the Sheetz store in Falls Creek, Jefferson County, for a report of a domestic assault.

Police spoke to a known female victim who reported that she and Michael Bruce Ellis had been traveling on State Route 950, near Britton Drive, in Falls Creek Borough in her vehicle when they got into a verbal altercation.

According to the complaint, the victim told police that while she was driving, Ellis struck her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to have a bloody nose. She then drove to the Sheetz in Falls Creek and called 9-1-1 while Ellis fled on foot.

Police observed the victim still had a bloody nose, as well as redness to her nose, mouth, and cheeks.

The following charges were filed against Ellis through Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana’s office on September 12:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

A preliminary hearing for the case has not been scheduled.


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