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City man accused of robbery, assault

Herring allegedly beat woman

Herring Sr.

An Altoona man who police say was an associate in a multimillion-dollar methamphetamine trafficking ring is due in court on fresh robbery and assault charges.

Darwin Herring Sr., 38, is accused of assaulting a woman and then grabbing a cellphone from another woman, who told him she was calling police, according to the charges filed by Altoona police.

A witness told police the incident happened about

1 a.m. Saturday, July 25. She heard someone banging on her door and opened it to see her friend “standing there with a beaten and bloody face,” Altoona police wrote in the charges.

The witness told police the woman told her Herring had caused her injuries.

The two women got in the witness’s truck to drive to the hospital when Herring approached and started yelling at the alleged victim before punching her several times in the face, police noted.

It was then the witness told Herring she was calling the police. She told police he grabbed her cellphone and when she asked for it back, he told her it was broken.

The witness turned over the phone to police, who noted the Apple iPhone was shattered and broken into two pieces.

When she drove off, the witness could see her phone on the ground and it was broken, police added.

Police said the alleged victim was reluctant to say what happened and would only tell officers she tripped on a log. Police said the woman had numerous facial injuries when they spoke to her at UPMC Altoona about 2 a.m.

Herring was arraigned July 29 by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones, who set bail at $50,000 cash. Herring posted bail that same day through a bail bond company.

Herring was charged in February with a list of felony charges after a grand jury investigation into an alleged methamphetamine trafficking ring. He posted $350,000 cash bail through a bail bond company in April.

Herring is scheduled to appear Wednesday at Central Court for a preliminary hearing.

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