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Plum assault suspect back in jail

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
David D. Cass Jr.

A Plum man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and crashing his car into a Washington Township gas station in April is back in Westmoreland County jail.

At his preliminary hearing Monday, David Dwayne Cass Jr., 23, was ordered back into police custody because he allegedly violated the terms of his bond after being charged in a domestic dispute in Jeannette.

That latest incident, May 8, has Cass facing charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats, and harassment.

According to police, Cass punched his new girlfriend after an unknown man called her cellphone, which he was borrowing.

Cass told the woman he would kill her if she tried to file charges against him, or told her dad, according to court documents.

The woman said she feared for her life because Cass kept a loaded shotgun in her closet, court documents said.

“You were not to be engaged in any kind of criminal behavior,” District Judge Jason Buczak told Cass before ordering him into custody. “I know you haven't been convicted, but I have no choice but to revoke your bond.”

Cass waived charges to court for an April 9 incident in Washington Township, which is why he was originally scheduled to be in front of Buczak.

On that occasion, police said Cass assaulted a 21-year-old Monroeville woman inside the Fueland BP station on Route 380.

Police said that Cass wanted to get his house key and PlayStation back from the woman after they broke up, but she refused to talk to him. The woman locked Cass out of the station and called 9-1-1, according to police.

While doing this, police said, Cass drove his white Hyundai coupe through the glass door of the store.

Police said that Cass then climbed through the broken glass and punched the woman in the face.

The victim suffered minor injuries. Cass fled the scene, but was caught by police a short time later after they spotted his car driving past the crime scene.

After that incident he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, burglary, and criminal mischief.

Buczak set Cass's bond at $50,000 straight.

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.

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