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Ligonier Township man charged with assaulting woman, child

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

A Ligonier Township man accused of assaulting a woman and child Tuesday allegedly threatened police officers verbally and by holding a baseball bat in a “swinging stance.”

Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Darlington Road just before 6 p.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Eric Roy Painter, 48, refused to answer the door, Ligonier Township Officer Anthony Vittone Jr. wrote in the affidavit.

Police said a female and a juvenile had fled the home earlier and appeared to have suffered several injuries.

The woman said she was moving out of the home she shared with Painter. She and a witness said the incident began after the woman drove to the home to gather personal belongings.

“During the process of moving boxes out to her vehicle, (the woman) stated that Painter threw her to the ground and sat on top of her while striking her and pulling her hair,” Vittone wrote.

The woman ran outside, where the juvenile was waiting in a car, police said.

“Both victims and (witness) stated that Painter opened the door and grabbed (the juvenile) by the neck,” Vittone said.

The affidavit said Painter allegedly spit in the face of and threw the juvenile to the ground. In the process of freeing the child, the woman was bitten on the arm, police said.

As officers attempted to make contact with Painter, he kicked and struck the door from inside and ordered them to leave, the affidavit states.

“Painter also stated, ‘Go ahead and try to get me; I'll be waiting for you (expletive),' ” Vittone wrote.

Threats continued until police forcibly entered the home and encountered Painter in the entry “holding a baseball bat over his shoulder in a swinging stance,” Vittone wrote.

When officers took Painter to the ground, he continued to struggle and resist arrest, the affidavit stated.

Painter was arraigned before District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a child under age 13, resisting arrest, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and terrorist threats.

Painter is in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 26 before District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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