Cops: Trafford man assaulted North Huntingdon man over unpaid debt |
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Paul Peirce

A 21-year-old Trafford man was arrested Tuesday after police say he beat a man inside his North Huntingdon home for failure to pay a debt.

Jacob E. Frank is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, simple assault and making terroristic threats in connection with the assault that occurred Sept. 11 inside the man’s home on the 300 block of Huntingdon Avenue, according to court dockets.

Frank was arraigned before District Judge Helen Kistler and ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $50,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 26 before North Huntingdon District Judge Wayne Gongaware.

Officer Kari Bauer reported in an affidavit that the 18-year-old man who had multiple cuts, bruises and lacerations came into the police station early Sept. 12 to report two men, including Frank, had broken into his home through the garage door and assaulted him the evening before between 10 and 11 p.m.

Bauer said in court documents the victim reported he was struck once in the head with a crowbar during the assault. The victim was treated at a local hospital following the assault, said Bauer.

The victim told Bauer two assailants “claimed (the victim) owed them money.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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