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City man arraigned on counts of simple assault, harassment

A city man faces charges after allegedly assaulting a woman, court documents stated.

Akeem Jerome Whitehead, 30, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller on charges of simple assault and harassment, the criminal docket stated.

Police said officers responded to a residence on Sixth Avenue for reports of a physical domestic situation.

Police accuse Whitehead of initially not allowing officers into the residence and other parts of the house, and he did not stop blocking officers until he was threatened to be detained.

The residence was originally cleared by police, and once officers were outside, they could allegedly hear Whitehead yelling at someone inside the home.

Once officers reapproached, Whitehead refused to open the door the whole way and told officers he was not letting them inside without a search warrant, the complaint stated.

In the police report, an officer stated he could see a woman with black and blue swelling around her eye standing next to Whitehead.

Whitehead allegedly followed the victim around the scene and would not allow her to be alone with police, and the victim reported to police that the bruise was not from Whitehead, rather a slap from a friend, police said.

In text messages recovered by police, Whitehead allegedly called his friend a “snitch” when the friend spoke of the abuse of the woman.

Police said Whitehead did not deny the abuse, court documents stated.

Unable to post cash bail of $35,000, Whitehead is currently housed at Blair County Prison.

He is to appear before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.

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