Man arrested after assaulting woman in Southwest Greensburg apartment, cops say |

Man arrested after assaulting woman in Southwest Greensburg apartment, cops say

Paul Peirce

A Greensburg man who was kicked out of his ex-girlfriend’s residence in Southwest Greensburg after an argument is accused of returning to the apartment within a half hour Friday and assaulting the woman, borough police allege in court documents.

Giovanni L. Meighan, 26, was arrested about 1:14 a.m. after borough police followed up on the domestic victim’s status following the earlier call and discovered the woman without a jacket or shoes running down Cribbs Street in 20-degree temperatures “crying hysterically,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed before Youngwood District Judge Anthony Bompiani.

Police Lt. Kristopher Chappell wrote in court documents that he saw Meighan was chasing the woman as she ran.

After the victim declined to press charges during the earlier incident that occurred just after midnight, Chappel reported that he swung by the victim’s house about a half hour later and saw Meighan’s car was parked across the street with no one inside. Then, Chappel said he noticed in his rear-view mirror that the victim was running towards the patrol car.

“(The victim) said she was in bed when Meighan snuck back into the apartment and began to assault her,” Chappell wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

In an interview, Meighan denied any wrongdoing. Chappell said after he was instructed to leave, he saw the victim walk to a nearby residence “and he wanted to talk to her. … She then began to run away from him.”

But Chappell said the victim reported that Meighan returned to the apartment shortly after police left and told her “that the only way she would leave the apartment is if she was dead” and covered her mouth so she couldn’t yell for help.

The victim told police that Meighan also told her “your Greensburg cop buddies aren’t here to save you now,” Chappell wrote.

The victim also alleged that during the assault, Meighan punched holes in the apartment walls. Chappell said that after Meighan was taken into custody, he photographed injuries to the victim the damage to the apartment.

Meighan is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, making terroristic threats, simple assault, criminal mischief, strangulation, possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment. He remains in the Westmoreland County Prison after he failed to post $25,000 bail pending a Feb. 12 preliminary hearing before Bompiani.

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