Kittanning man charged in fatal incident
A Kittanning man is facing charges related to the beating death of a man early Sunday morning in a Kittanning street.
State police charged Dennis Andrew Rosenberger, 27, 120 Market St., Apt. 1, Kittanning, with simple and aggravated assault stemming from a fight along Montieth Street shortly before 2 a.m.
Police say James Peter Sullivan, 39, of Chicora, Butler County died after Rosenberger “sucker punched” him in the street.
According to arrest papers, Sullivan left the Wick City Saloon on Orr Avenue to escort several women to their cars around 1:30 a.m. At some point, he became involved in an argument with another man.
As the fight moved to Montieth Street, Rosenberger reportedly ran up to Sullivan and, according to police, punched Sullivan in the face.
Sullivan fell and struck his head on the pavement. He was knocked unconscious.
Authorities said Sullivan later died at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin as a result of a skull fracture.
Police said Rosenberger, about 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, admitted that he “sucker punched” Sullivan.
Police noted that injuries to Rosenberger's right hand apparently corroborated his confession.
An autopsy revealed that Sullivan suffered three broken ribs and a fractured skull, which has been ruled as the cause of death, according to Brian Myers, Armstrong County deputy coroner.
Rosenberger has not been charged with homicide in the case.
He was arraigned before District Judge James Owen on the assault charges and placed in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Police say the incident may be related to several fights that broke out early Sunday morning near an Orr Avenue bar.
They say the incident may have been witnessed by as many as 30 to 40 people.
Despite Monday's arrest, state and Kittanning police still are requesting that anyone with information about the incident contact police.
District Attorney Scott Andreassi said a review of posts on social-media sites shows numerous people have information about the fight and authorities are asking them to contact investigators directly.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police chase ends with shooting in Bell Township; suspect wounded
- New Kensington native competes for title of U.S. Army Europe’s best NCO
- New Kensington-Arnold teachers accept 3-year contract
- West Deer awaits ruling from Pennsylvania Ethics Commission
- Rayburn man, 74, dies in Manor Township crash
- Gilpin settles lawsuit with suspended police officers
- Rock Airport & Business Park sold; Ferrone to appeal judge’s decision
- Western Pennsylvania detailers refurbish original Air Force One
- Hulton Bridge to close this weekend
- Leechburg nears final phase of sewer separation project
- Car, truck collide near Taco Bell in New Kensington