Officer’s hearing continued
SLOVAN – A hearing for an Altoona police officer arrested after a concert in Washington County has been continued until October.
Thursday’s preliminary hearing for officer Matthew Plummer, 27, of Altoona charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a man once after a Pittsburgh-area concert Sept. 7, was postponed until Oct. 24 so Plummer’s attorney, Steven Passarello, could have the alleged victim’s medical records evaluated, Passarello said.
“I just had a chance to review [the medical records] today, and I want someone to look at them to see if the injuries rise to the level of aggravated assault,” Passarello said, adding he just received the records Thursday. “From what I saw today, they don’t.”
The alleged victim, Thomas Andrews, wore a neck brace Thursday and appeared with his own lawyer, Herman Lantz of West Virginia. Lantz said he had no comment about the case and was representing Thomas in a civil capacity.
Andrews, who police said mooned the bus that Plummer and other off-duty cops and 911 dispatchers had taken to the concert at First Niagara Pavilion, has been cited for summary disorderly conduct, according to court records.
Police said Andrews took a swing at Plummer, and Passarello said earlier this month it was a clear case of self defense on his client’s part.
Passarello said there was some discussion of a resolution to the case, but the talks were in the early stages.