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Car smashes into Washington Township gas station, man charged with assault

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 11:56 a.m.
Eric Felack | Valley News Disp
The entrance to the Fueland on Route 380 in Washington Township sits damaged after police say a car intentionally rammed into the locked doors on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
David D. Cass Jr.

Washington Township police arrested a Plum man early Tuesday on charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and crashing his car into the front of the Fueland BP gas station on Route 380, where she works.

Police say that David Dwayne Cass Jr., 23, assaulted a 21-year-old Monroeville woman in the store shortly before 7:30 a.m.

“He told us that he wanted to get his house key and PlayStation (gaming system) back and she wouldn't talk to him,” said Washington Township police Chief Scott Slagle.

Prior to the incident, the victim had called 911 to report that Cass had been calling her and threatening her.

When she locked him out of the store, Cass backed up his vehicle into a neighboring parking lot and “gunned the car,” Slagle said.

“The car actually went airborne for a minute before it hit the curb and slammed into the front door.”

The victim was on the phone with 911 during the incident, he said.

“She relayed that he had just rammed the car into the front of the building and that he had climbed through the window,” Slagle said, “and then they heard the phone drop.”

That's when police say Cass jumped over the counter and punched the woman in the face, then slammed her head off the floor numerous times.

The victim suffered minor injuries and declined medical treatment, police said.

Cass fled the scene, but police apprehended him after officers investigating the incident spotted his white Hyundai coupe driving past the gas station. Police pulled Cass over about a mile away without incident.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, burglary and criminal mischief.

Cass is free on bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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