Man accused in New Kensington YMCA assault facing new felony charges
A New Kensington man is facing new felony assault charges in an attack on three people at the Valley Points YMCA last summer.
New Kensington police allege Brian Johnathan Rebold, 33, shoved a man down a flight of steps and punched two other people in the face and head after he was asked to leave a workout class at the facility in June.
Rebold hadn’t faced felony charges in connection to the alleged assault until they were added Thursday.
New Kensington police Chief Bob Deringer said in July the severity of the injuries — one man broke his arm; a woman had a broken eye socket — would mean the initial misdemeanor charges would be amended to include felony counts of aggravated assault.
A phone message left for Rebold’s attorney wasn’t returned.
That night, Rebold allegedly went into a workout class and began yelling at the instructor, saying it was her fault he got kicked out and that he had gained weight. The instructor asked him to leave.
After Rebold left the room, he allegedly began assaulting random people, including an employee, who he is accused of shoving down a flight of steps. He also is accused of assaulting an older woman and another man, allegedly punching both of them in the face and head a number of times.
All three required hospital care, Deringer said at the time.
Deringer told the Tribune-Review that Rebold was kicked out of the YMCA and told not to come back before the assaults because he would stand in the back of workout classes and stare at people, making them feel uncomfortable.
Rebold waived his right to a preliminary hearing before New Kensington District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. on Thursday. He faces three counts of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault. He is also charged with trespassing and criminal mischief.
He remained in the Westmoreland County Prison Monday afternoon in lieu of $40,000 bond.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .