The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 5, 2013

Man enters plea in assault case

Kathy Mellott
kmellott@tribdem.com

EBENSBURG — A Northern Cambria man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cambria County court to simple assault and resisting arrest as the result of an incident at his home.

Thomas Findley, 51, who then lived in the 2900 block of Crawford Avenue, initially was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer when the officer tried to intervene in a domestic dispute on Nov. 1.

A criminal complaint filed by Northern Cambria police alleged that Findley assaulted Sgt. Isaac Hassen when the officer tried to arrest him.

Hassen suffered a leg injury and had to be treated at Miners Medical Center as a result of Findley’s actions, police said.

The woman involved in the altercation said Findley had been drinking all day and assaulted her as part of an ongoing argument, police said.

Findley fled from the home and was picked up later by Hastings police, who had to use a stun gun to subdue him.

The aggravated assault charge was reduced after the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the incident, court officials said.

Findley is scheduled to be sentenced by President Judge Timothy Creany on March 19.

The woman appeared at the plea hearing and asked the court to order that Findley have no contact with her.

Creany ordered Findley to have a third party remove all of his belongings from the home where the incident occurred.

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