Four persons are expected to be arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks as a result of an incident that happened around 11 p.m. May 29 in the area of Valley Street in New Philadelphia.
Police announced the arrests today after the completion of their investigation of what they called a "disturbance-assault" incident.
To be arrested are Kyle Bartashus, 38, Corey Cromyak, 23, Edward Braukus, 29, and Cherie Breisch, 37, all of New Philadelphia. Bartashus will be cited for one count of simple assault and two counts of harassment. Cromyak will be charged with two counts of harassment and Braukus and Breisch are facing one count each of harassment.
Police said the investigation revealed a fight originated over a 17-year-old male who was trying to visit a friend. Police said the boy was new to the area and was unsure where the friend lived, so he began knocking on doors, the first of which was 87 Vallet Street where the owned answered the door and told the boy the friend did not live there. Police said the boy knocked on the next door and was surprised to learn the home was that of the same resident. Police said an argument ensued over the misunderstanding and continued into the street in front of the residence.
Police said Kyle Bartashus, who was at the residence watching a Flyers game, heard the commotion and came out onto the street. Police said the boy, fearing for his safety, displayed a small pocket knife and told Bartashus to stay away as he began to walk home. Police said the boy looked back and noticed Bartashus and other following him, so he called his home and asked two persons, identified as Janikah Canyon, 24, and Stephanie Heffner, 19, both of New Philadelphia, to start heading towards him in case something happened. Police said the seven persons all came together in the area of a funeral home near Valley and Water streets, at which time the boy displayed the knife again and tried to deter Bartashus. The latter struck the boy in the mouth and about the face area, dislodging a tooth.
Police said the remaining defendants wiull be charged with summary citations for their parts in the altercation.