Scuffle at Assisted Living Facility Leads to Charges Against Big Run Man

BIG RUN BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A local man is facing assault and related charges following an incident where he allegedly shoved one man down and poked another man repeatedly at an assisted living facility in Big Run.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 40-year-old Andrew P. Iannacchione Jr., of Big Run.

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, Trooper Malloy, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was dispatched to an assisted living residence on West Main Street in Big Run Borough for a report of a physical altercation between Andrew P. Iannacchione Jr. and two known victims.

Trooper Malloy arrived at the scene around 7:00 p.m. and found Iannacchione standing outside the residence alone.

According to the complaint, Iannacchione related he had engaged in a verbal altercation with the two victims regarding a rumor that cameras were going to be placed in the residence. He stated the first victim was in his room when the victim “got in his face,” and Iannacchione then grabbed the victim by the left arm and held him down on a couch.

Iannacchione went on to report the second victim then came out of his room and began yelling at him (Iannacchione) and after a heated exchange, he (Iannacchione) left the residence to cool off but returned to await the arrival of the police.

The complaint notes Iannacchione also admitted to using marijuana shortly before the incident and also said he had smoked meth recently. Trooper Malloy noted an odor of burnt marijuana on Iannacchione.

Trooper Malloy went on to speak to the victims.

According to the complaint, the first victim related that he was in his room watching football when Iannacchione stepped up to his doorway and began shouting at him about cameras. He stated he told Iannacchione to leave him alone, then stood up and shouted at him to leave.

The victim reported that Iannacchione then approached him, shoved him onto a couch, and pinned him to the couch by his right arm. The victim noted Miles allegedly shouted twice: “I’m gonna put you in the hospital.” The victim said at that time, the second victim came out of his room, next door, and began yelling at Iannacchione.

The complaint notes the victim did not report any injuries and related he didn’t know if Iannacchione touched the second victim.

The second victim was also interviewed.

According to the complaint, he related he heard Iannacchione yelling at the first victim and saw Iannacchione holding the victim by the arm on the couch. He then stepped between Iannacchione and the victim. He reported that at that time, Iannacchione poked him in the chest approximately four or five times and noted that Iannacchione’s finger caught the right side of his face, causing a red mark, and also caused a scratch to his right hand. Trooper Malloy observed the injuries and photographed them.

Iannacchione was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 9:30 a.m. on September 8 on the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Misdemeanor 3 (two counts)

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, with Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana presiding.


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