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Man charged with pointing gun at woman in Rostraver

Mary Pickels
| Monday, March 10, 2014, 11:27 p.m.

A Washington County man was charged with aggravated assault on Monday because he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman in Rostraver.

Mac Joseph Molek, 34, of Coal Center also is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment, firearms not to be carried without a license and unlawful restraint in the Sunday incident.

In an affidavit filed with District Judge Charles Christner, Rostraver police Officer Martin Palla said a woman summoned police to a bus garage along Finely Road at 7:20 p.m., claiming her ex-boyfriend had pointed a gun at her.

The woman told police Molek was driving on Finley Road when he failed to make a turn to take her home.

“She stated at that time he reached beside him and pulled a small black handgun from beside his seat and stated, ‘You're not going home,' and pointed the gun at her,” the affidavit read.

The woman told police she grabbed for the door handle to try to leave the car.

“She stated he then grabbed her hair and began striking her head with his hand, causing her substantial pain,” Palla wrote.

The woman told police she escaped and ran to the Belle Vernon Area School District bus garage.

A firearms check determined that Molek did not have a handgun permit, police said.

Molek was arraigned before West Newton District Judge Charles Christner and placed in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He faces a preliminary hearing before Christner on Monday.

Court records did not list an attorney representing him.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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