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Man jailed in alleged assault in dragging case

| Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Derrick J. Dyer, 20, of Greensburg is accused of dragging a female acquaintance with his vehicle after taking cash from her car.

A Greensburg man who allegedly dragged a female acquaintance with his vehicle after taking cash from her car was jailed on Thursday on numerous charges.

Derrick J. Dyer, 20, was arraigned before District Judge Mark Mansour on charges including aggravated assault, robbery, receiving stolen property, simple assault, theft and reckless endangerment.

According to an affidavit filed with Mansour, the charges stem from an incident that occurred in May in Hempfield.

In the affidavit, Trooper Patrick Ciriello wrote that on May 19, Dyer and a woman met in a parking lot at Greengate Centre Circle in separate cars.

Dyer parked his Hyundai Elantra a few spaces away from the woman's BMW, then entered her car and sat in the front passenger seat. Police said Dyer spotted $100 in cash under an armrest console, took it and got out of the car, telling the woman he “had something to give her.”

When he instead drove away, the woman pursued him onto Route 30 west and onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange at Route 66 north, police said. While on the northbound on-ramp, the woman was able to get her car in front of Dyer's, and the two vehicles pulled onto the left berm.

“(She) was frantic and demanded that (Dyer) return her money,” Ciriello wrote.

His driver's side window was down, and she grasped the top of the window frame, then climbed halfway inside the car.

Dyer “proceeded to speed away ... with (the woman) barely hanging on. (Dyer) dragged (her) approximately 20 feet as he was pushing her out the window and trying to dislodge her from his vehicle,” the affidavit stated.

The woman fell from the vehicle, striking her head on the ground and sustaining “many scrapes, bruises, blood contusions and ‘road rash' all over her arms, legs, lower back and feet,” Ciriello wrote.

A warrant for Dyer's arrest was issued on Aug. 16.

Court documents did not indicate why Dyer was not arraigned until this week.

Dyer's bail was set at $25,000. He faces a preliminary hearing before Mansour on Nov. 15.

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