Latrobe man charged with holding woman in captivity, assaulting her with hammer, bleach

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

A Latrobe man allegedly held a woman captive for days, repeatedly beat her with a hammer and poured bleach into her eyes, according to police.

The victim told police that she was held against her will at the home of 43-year-old Glenn J. Whittier from Wednesday until Saturday morning when she escaped, police said in an affidavit of probable cause.

Whittier is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bail.

On Saturday, police were sent to a Main Street apartment for a report of a female who had been assaulted. Officer Frank Tempo reported in court papers that a woman was lying on the floor with cuts on her nose, forehead and the back of her head.

“She had slurred speech and was unsure of her surroundings,” Tempo wrote in the complaint. “(She) also had a severe injury to her left ear.”

She was taken to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, where she told police that Whittier used a hammer to beat her repeatedly all over her body at his Spring Street apartment.

Whittier allegedly pulled out a “large amount” of the woman's hair and poured bleach into her eyes and on her wounds, police said.

The assaults began on Wednesday and continued until she escaped about 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

“(The woman) also stated that Whittier held her against her will and would not let her leave the residence,” Tempo wrote in the complaint.

Police didn't say how the woman escaped. Latrobe police could not be reached Monday.

Tempo said the victim had “numerous bruises all over her body.” She suffered bite marks on her chest, skull trauma and cuts on her back and left thigh, police said. Her left ear was swollen shut.

A doctor at the hospital told police that the bruising was a “few hours old” and that some of the wounds were consistent with a hammer being used as a weapon, according to police.

Whittier is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and single counts each of false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, simple assault and harassment.

A preliminary hearing is set for March 23 before District Judge Michael Mahady. Whittier did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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