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City teen charged for alleged assault

A teenager in Altoona faces charges after police say he hit a family member during an argument.

Michael E. Vaughn, 19, allegedly struck a family member in the face with a candlestick holder in the dining room of his home on the 2700 block of Fifth Avenue on Monday during an argument, according to charges filed by Altoona police.

Police said the candlestick holder weighed about 2 pounds, and Vaughn had tried to hit one person, but it struck another family member when he grabbed the candlestick from the dining room table and swung it.

Police said Vaughn then kicked another family member after she slapped him for yelling at her. She was knocked down and hit her head on a radiator. The woman was evaluated by AMED personnel but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Vaughn was charged with simple assault and harassment and arraigned Monday night before he was released on an unsecured $15,000 bond by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.

A preliminary hearing is slated for April 15 at Central Court.

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