New Castle News

May 17, 2013

Broken jaw leads to assault charge

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A Pittsburgh man has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly breaking another man’s jaw in New Wilmington.

Matthew Vincent Wagner, 22, was charged by New Wilmington police as the result of an incident early May 5 at the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house on Waugh Avenue.

The victim told police he had observed Wagner and another male arguing. He said Wagner pushed the other male and appeared to be ready to punch him.

The victim said he then wrapped his arms around Wagner from behind to keep him from hitting the other person. Wagner allegedly broke free from the hold and punched the victim in the face, breaking his jaw.

In addition to aggravated assault, Wagner is charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and harassment.

District Judge David Rishel ordered him placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Wagner’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.