Punxsy Man Charged With Punching Woman While She Was Driving Held for Court

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man who allegedly punched a woman while she was driving was held for court on Thursday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 25-year-old Kyle John Buffington were held for court on Thursday, August 12:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Buffington remains free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, in late June.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 12:10 p.m. on June 30, an altercation occurred in a vehicle traveling on Martha Street in Punxsutawney.

A known victim reported that she and Kyle John Buffington had gotten into an argument while she was driving on Martha Street. The victim told police that she thought Buffington was going to grab the steering wheel, so she put her arm up to block him from doing so, and Buffington then punched her in the head while she was driving, according to the complaint.

The complaint notes the victim reported that she then stopped at the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, and Buffington exited the vehicle. She told police he then kicked the driver’s side door, causing a large dent. The victim then drove to the police station to report the incident.

The complaint also notes police contacted Crossroads to assist the victim in applying for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order.

Buffington was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 1:32 p.m. on June 30.


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