Man faces charges in assault

A Carrolltown man faces charges, including felony aggravated assault, for allegedly hitting another man Tuesday with a baseball bat.

Justin R. Homola, 32, of the 300 block of North Main Street was arrested Tuesday after police responded to a home along Elder Avenue in Northern Cambria, where a bloodied man reported the alleged assault, according to a criminal complaint filed by Northern Cambria Borough police.

The man, who had “blood on his facial area and both arms,” told police he was sitting on a porch when Homola exited a car driven by a woman and assaulted him, according to the complaint.

Homola carried a black, aluminum baseball bat, which he used to attack the man, police said.

The complaint did not include a clear motive for the attack but referenced comments made by Homola, who allegedly yelled about one woman stealing money from another woman.

The man told police he “wrapped his arms around Homola to avoid getting hit with the bat but was struck in the right forearm, according to the complaint.

Police said the man also admitted to biting “Homola pretty hard near his chest.”

That prompted Homola to hit the man in the face with the bat, according to the complaint.

The man told police Homola then ran to the car, got inside and the woman drove away.

The man had to seek medical attention for his injuries at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in Hastings, police said.

Homola also sought medical attention at Miners Medical Center, where police found him.

Police then transported Homola to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown “for further medical testing,” according to the complaint.

Homola was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Zungali.

He faces a felony charge of aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Homola is to appear at 1 p.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing before Zungali.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.