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Two charged after an alleged assault in Nesquehoning home

Published December 15. 2011 05:01PM

Nesquehoning police have filed multiple charges against two Carbon County residents who allegedly entered the basement of a residence and attacked the occupants.

Keith A. Johnson, 23, of Jim Thorpe, and Danielle Neff, 22, of Lansford, were both charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, and harassment.

Chief of Police Shawn Smith of Nesquehoning said felony warrants have been issued for Johnson and Neff. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Nesquehoning Police Department at (570) 669-9111.

The incident for which Johnson and Neff are being charged happened on Sunday, Dec. 11, at about 5:40 p.m.

In the affidavit, Smith writes that he was dispatched for a burglary and assault that happened at the home of Ricky Williams, 353 E. Catawissa St. Also in the home at the time was Edna Newman, who is the grandmother of Williams. When Johnson and Neff allegedly attacked Williams, Newman hit Johnson repeatedly with a plunger handle.

Smith said he was informed that Williams had been hanging exterior Christmas decorations. He went into his basement, turned around, and saw Johnson and Neff in his basement.

Johnson allegedly stated he was looking for Lisa Ciampaglia and was going to assault her.

The affidavit says Williams then grabbed a hammer, but Johnson charged at him. Johnson allegedly tackled Williams and continually hit him. Williams told police that there were times he got on top of Johnson, but then Neff got involved.

According to the affidavit, "Williams advised that he began screaming for help at which time Ciampaglia just arrived at the house and did not know what was going on, walked, in, and Neff began to assault her, throwing her to the ground and kicking her repeatedly."

When Ciampaglia got up, Neff reportedly ran from the house.

Meanwhile, Johnson allegedly bit the finger of Williams.

Newman then came down the steps and began hitting Johnson with a plunger handle and Ciampaglia pulled Johnson off Williams, says the affidavit.

Williams and Ciampaglia told police that the attack may have been in retaliation for an unrelated incident that occurred in Summit Hill.

Both Williams and Ciampaglia declined medical attention.

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