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March 18, 2014

Stoystown man charged in assault at trailer park

HOLLSOPPLE — A Stoystown man is in jail after police said he savagely attacked another man, causing facial injuries that will require reconstructive surgery.

Conemaugh Township police said David E. Kimmel alleged that Robert Lee Rigo assaulted him around 6:15 p.m. Friday at Lape Trailer Park in Hollsopple following a night of drinking.

Rigo, 31, and Kimmel, 42, were with two women. Kimmel told police he awoke on the couch and saw Rigo and one of the women, referred to as “Chilla,” arguing just before Rigo started swinging at him.

Conemaugh Township EMS responders were tending to Kimmel when Sgt. Vincent Zangaglia arrived on Phillips Street in Jerome in response to a call about the assault. Kimmel’s face and upper torso were “covered in blood,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by police.

Kimmel was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. A report on his condition was unavailable.

Kimmel suffered multiple jaw, facial and possible skull fractures, according to the affidavit, which says he will require reconstructive surgery.

Zangaglia said that when he arrived at the trailer park in the 100 block of Lape Drive, he noticed a large amount of blood on the porch and front door of the trailer. Rigo was also present; his pants were stained with blood and his knuckles were injured, the affidavit said.

After detaining Rigo, Zangaglia interviewed three others from the residence – the two women Kimmel and Rigo were said to have partied with the night before and another man.

Although none of the potential witnesses claimed any knowledge about the assault, police said the man told them that “Dave crossed the boundary with (Rigo’s) woman.”

Rigo is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and physical harassment. He is in the Somerset County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Rigo’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for today but was continued to April 2 before Boswell District Judge Susan Mankamyer.

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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