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Adelphoi resident charged as adult in Latrobe assault

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:39 p.m.

A former resident at the Middle Creek secure facility at Adelphoi has been charged as an adult for allegedly hitting a worker.

Del'quajah Denise Collier, 18, of Morningside in Pittsburgh, is charged with aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner and criminal attempt to escape.

Police were called to the secure facility on Nov. 12, 2013, according to an affidavit.

A female worker let Collier out of her locked room to use the restroom. After an extended period of time, the worker ordered Collier back to her room, but she “began walking towards (the worker) in an aggressive manner with her fists raised,” Trooper Robert Daerr wrote.

Collier motioned to Courtney Whipple, who allegedly tried to strangle the worker with a nylon cord while Collier attempted to bring the worker to the ground, according to the complaint.

Whipple, 18, of Milton, Northumberland County, allegedly bit another worker and was charged in December in connection with the incident.

Trooper Jason Swope said charges were originally filed in juvenile court against Collier because she was 17 at the time, but the district attorney's office is now charging her as an adult. “They were charges that were serious enough that took it out of juvenile court,” he said.

Collier is being held in a correctional facility in Emlenton, Venango County. An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 26 before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady.

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