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Tamaqua man jailed for assault, other crimes

Published August 17. 2012 05:02PM

A domestic incident in Tamaqua turned into a nightmare for a woman and her young daughter on Wednesday and sent one man to prison.

David Cipko, 34, of Penn Street, Tamaqua, reportedly went to Shannon Quinn's home at 336 Lincoln St. sometime that evening, then hid in the attic waiting for the woman to return home.

When Quinn entered an upstairs bedroom, Cipko jumped her from behind and began beating her with a blunt object. He threatened to slit her throat and kill her. He then locked the bedroom door to prevent her leaving. When she attempted to climb out of the second floor window, he dragged her back into the house, according to the police report.

When officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at 8 p.m. they found Quinn hiding in a bathroom, while Cipko was hiding in another room, locked in with the young daughter. Officers broke down the locked door, rescued the girl and took Cipko into custody.

He was arraigned before on-call District Judge James Kilker, of Shenandoah on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, false imprisonment, false imprisonment of a minor, reckless endangerment, and making terroristic threats. The judge set bail at $100,000 straight cash.

Unable to post the bail, Cipko was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville.

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