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Alleged assault leads to charges

Duncansville man accused of breaking woman’s jaw

A Duncansville man faces charges over an alleged assault in September that left a woman with a broken jaw.

Shawn Lee Warner, 44, of Duncansville was arraigned Wednesday on a felony aggravated assault charge along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats stemming from a domestic dispute on Sept. 29 that Duncansville police allege turned violent.

According to the charges, Warner never arrived home from work on Sept. 27, and the next day he was drunk when he arrived home. Police contend Warner continued to drink throughout the day and started making threats to his companion that he was going to kill her and that he knew where to hide her body to get away with it.

Police allege that in the early hours of Sept. 29, Warner grabbed the wo­man’s head, held it to the table and began punching her in the face. Warner allegedly threatened he would say she had threatened him if she tried to leave and that he would have her put in jail and take her kids away from her, so the woman told police she was afraid to report the assault.

When a friend checked on the woman the morning of Sept. 29, she found bloody paper towels strewn on the floor of the garage and saw blood on the woman’s clothes and face. The woman would only say her face hurt, but did not say what happened, police said.

Two days later, Warner drove the woman to Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring where a CT scan showed she had a broken jaw and bilateral nasal fractures, police noted. The next day, Warner drove her to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she had her jaw repaired with two plates and eight screws.

Warner was released on an unsecured $75,000 bond after his arraignment Wed­nesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

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