City man faces assault, harassment charges

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he beat a man on 15th Street who tried intervening in a dispute.

Marcell A. Ellis, 20, of 1411 23rd St. was allegedly arguing with his roommate, a woman, as the two got out of her car on the 100 block of 15th Street about 6 p.m. Tuesday when a neighbor came out of his house and intervened.

According to police, the argument was loud, and it drew the man out of his house. The man apparently knew the woman but not Ellis. When the man told Ellis to stop yelling at the woman, Ellis allegedly told him to shut up and threatened violence.

The situation turned violent when the man’s girlfriend stepped between Ellis and the man. Ellis allegedly grabbed the woman by the shoulders and moved her to the side, prompting the man to push Ellis.

Police said Ellis grabbed the man and threw him over the hood of a car. Ellis then got on top of the man, beat his head off the pavement and repeatedly punched and kicked him.

Neighbors and the man’s girlfriend tried to pull Ellis off the man, and he ultimately stopped when another neighbor yelled that she was calling police.

Ellis was booked Tuesday night on a felony aggravated, misdemeanor simple assault and summary charges of disorderly conduct and harassment.

Ellis was released on a unsecured $15,000 bond after his arraignment by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly is slated for Wednesday at Central Court.