Police: Trafford man intimidated victim by calling her 157 times after assault arrest
A Trafford man is being held without bail after police said he made 157 phone calls to a woman who he previously was arrested for assaulting.
Authorities said Nigel Christopher Hogan, 29, threatened the woman on Sunday to not testify against him at a hearing today or “she would regret it,” according to court paperwork.
Hogan now is charged with witness intimidation and retaliation.
He was first arrested Jan. 22 on an aggravated assault charge after authorities said he punched the woman six times in the face. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.
The victim told investigators that before Hogan posted bail on Saturday, he called her 57 times over four days from the Westmoreland County Prison, according to court papers.
On Sunday, he visited her house and demanded she not appear Tuesday for his preliminary hearing so the assault allegation would be dropped, police said. After he left, he allegedly called her about 100 times and told police she intended to drop the charges, which authorities determined was not true, according to the complaint.
His bail in the assault case was revoked. Hearings in both cases are set for Feb. 12.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.