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South Huntingdon man accused of hitting woman with mallet

| Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 5:12 p.m.

A South Huntingdon man was jailed for allegedly hitting a woman in head with a mallet during an argument at his Dutch Hollow Road residence, state police at Belle Vernon said.

David J. Hafer, 35, is accused of causing a large cut in the woman's hairline above her right eye when he struck her with the mallet during the argument at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, police said in a criminal complaint. The woman allegedly was slapped in the head and had red marks around her neck that appear to be from two hands, police said.

The victim said she had to break a front window at the house to retrieve her cell phone. She told police she ran to the Flying J Travel Plaza on Fitz Henry Road, located about a half mile away off the Smithton exit of Interstate 70.

Hafer is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. Rostraver District Judge Charles Christner ordered him to be held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 19.

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