Derry man accused of assaulting woman hours after arrest for public drunkenness, cops say |

Derry man accused of assaulting woman hours after arrest for public drunkenness, cops say

Paul Peirce

Hours after being cited for public drunkenness in Greensburg Saturday, a 28-year-old man is accused of assaulting a Derry Borough woman inside her apartment, according to borough police.

Joshua M. Conner, 28, of Derry, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, harassment, making terroristic threats, and four counts of child endangerment after the 5:30 p.m. incident at Derry Manor Apartments on West Fourth Street.

Conner was arraigned before District Judge Roger Eckels and ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bail.

Officer Thomas Dessell reported that he was summoned to the apartment for a report of a domestic argument where a man was threatening a woman with a hammer.

When Dessell arrived, he reported in an affidavit of probable cause filed before District Judge Mark Bilik that the female victim was hiding in a bathroom with Conner outside holding a hammer. Dessell wrote that he ordered Conner to drop the hammer and he complied and was taken into custody.

“Several holes the size of a hammer head were obsevered with the door knob being broken out and on the ground,” Dessell wrote.

The victim told police that Conner and she “began arguing over his alcohol consumption and the fact that he was arrested earlier (Saturday) by the Greensburg Police Department for public drunkenness.”

Dessell also reported in court documents that four young children were inside the apartment at the time of the assault.

Although the victim appeared to have several abrasions on her forearms that she said were the result of being struck by Conner before she fled into the bathroom, Dessell said the victim declined medical treatment.

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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