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Rostraver man accused of assaulting girlfriend who wouldn't surrender tax refund

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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 7:45 p.m.
 

A Rostraver man is accused of assaulting his former girlfriend and intentionally backing his vehicle into her car as it carried the couple's infant because she would not surrender her tax refund check.

Sirnandle M. Corprew, 36, of 4926 Unit C, Route 51, was arraigned Thursday before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady on two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He faces traffic counts of reckless driving, careless driving and driving on a suspended license.

On Wednesday, Corprew arrived at the woman's apartment on Irving Avenue in Latrobe to borrow money, but the woman refused and they began arguing, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police.

Trooper Seth Helman reported the woman then went to check on the couple's 10-day-old infant daughter.

When she returned, she saw that her purse was open, a Western Union money card containing her income tax refund was missing and Corprew was pulling away in his car.

The woman took her baby and got into her 2000 Pontiac Grand Am to chase Corprew in his borrowed, black 1999 Grand Am, the affidavit said.

When Corprew arrived at the intersection of Mission Road and Pauline Drive about 6 p.m., he put his vehicle in reverse and intentionally backed into the car carrying his ex-girlfriend and child, Helman said.

The victim continued to follow Corprew to the parking lot of Latrobe 30 Plaza, where he got out of his car and opened the victim's door, pulled her out and punched her in the face, the affidavit said.

The woman ran into a nearby store and called authorities.

By the time Helman arrived, Corprew had left the scene.

Helman said he noticed a “red swollen mark” on the left side of the woman's face and her car's right-front fender and light were damaged.

Corprew's license was suspended after he failed to respond to several traffic violations issued in Derry Borough last year, court records show.

Corprew was released after posting $1,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing March 11.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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