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Latrobe man suffers fractured back during assault, police say

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Demitris D. Spottedbear of Latrobe on Sept. 19, 2017.
Westmoreland County Prison
Demitris D. Spottedbear of Latrobe on Sept. 19, 2017.

A 19-year-old Latrobe man was charged with assault and ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison because police say he beat and kicked a man outside the victim's home early Monday.

Demitris D. Spottedbear, who has no permanent address, was charged by Latrobe police with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the assault that occurred about 2 a.m. on the 1600 block of Virginia Street.

Officer Michelle Preston reported that the 54-year-old victim was treated for two fractures in his back at Excela Health Latrobe hospital.

Preston arrived at the home and found the victim lying on a side porch, screaming that he had been assaulted by Spottedbear and wanted to file charges, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

A neighbor who witnessed the assault told Preston that he was awakened by the victim telling Spottedbear “to leave the residence ... because Demitris just punched him in the mouth.”

The witness said Spottedbear kicked the victim in the head, abdomen and back after he fell to the ground, Preston reported.

Police confiscated a metal grinder with suspected marijuana residue in it and a digital scale at the scene that belonged to Spottedbear, Preston reported.

Unity District Judge Michael Mahady ordered that Spottedbear be held in the county prison after he failed to post $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 2.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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