Man arrested for alleged domestic violence attack

Police arrested a 32-year-old man in Phoenixville for domestic violence when he was accused of biting her after a celebration on Feb. 24. The suspect faces charges of harassment, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Court information indicates that someone called in a report of a domestic dispute. When the police responded, the officer observed a woman trying to get out of a vehicle as a man held on to her to thwart her efforts. He reportedly asked the man to step away from her, but he did not comply and was subsequently taken into custody.

Police saw that the woman had blood on her lips, face and hand and observed that her lips were discolored from bruising. She sadly described their argument to the officer. When backup personnel responded to the scene, the couple was separately taken to the police station.

The woman wrote down her version of events and reported that the suspect bit her, hit her in the face and pulled her hair. The suspect did not respond to any questions. Although he had no visible wounds, he had blood on his person.

Domestic violence can mean serious penalties for convicted offenders. In addition, sometimes the victim will obtain a restraining order against the accused person. A criminal defense attorney may be able to discuss the case with the prosecution or with the victim's advocate. In some situations, the state offers domestic violence counseling programs to first-time offenders and then reduces additional penalties or even dismisses the charges if the defendant successfully complies with and completes the program.

Source: ABC 27, "Man Bites Wife, East Pikeland Police Say," Tom Sunnergren, Feb. 28, 2013

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