Punxsutawney Man Accused of Hitting, Biting Woman

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man is facing assault charges after he allegedly hit and bit a woman at a Young Township residence on Tuesday afternoon.

Court documents indicate that the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 36-year-old Adam John Smithmyer, of Punxsutawney.

According to a criminal complaint, a known female reported that around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, Adam Smithmyer had “gotten physical” with her at a residence on Crawfordtown Road in Young Township.

The victim reported that Smithmyer had been drinking all day and was afraid the victim was going to take a beer from him. She said Smithmyer struck her on the left side of her head repeatedly with a full beer can and then bit her right forearm. She told police that Smithmyer is violent when he drinks and has anger issues, the complaint states.

Troopers Pettis and Fluke observed a dark, raised bump and bruise in the shape of a bite mark on the victim’s right forearm. It appeared that the bite had broken the victim’s skin, according to the complaint.

Smithmyer was arraigned at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, March 21, in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on the following charges:

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

Unable to post $5,000.00 cash bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

On Thursday, March 22, Smithmyer posted $500.00 cash surety and was released.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 am on Tuesday, March 27, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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