Police issue a warrant for Mahoning resident
Mahoning Township police have issued an arrest warrant for a township resident as a result of an alleged assault which occurred on June 19 on Spring Hill Road.
The warrant is for Steven Brownmiller, 49, of Jamestown Road, Lehighton. Brownmiller is being charged with simple assault, unauthorized use of automobiles, and harassment.
Officer Audie Mertz of the Mahoning police department said Brownmiller allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and took her vehicle. The vehicle was later returned to her by Brownmiller's daughter, said police.
However, the vehicle had a different license plate on it. The plate that was on the vehicle had been stolen from the Mount Airy Casino parking lot on June 20, police said.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Brownmiller is asked to call 911, said the Mahoning Police report.
Officer Daniel Long of the Mahoning Township Police Department states in his affidavit that he was dispatched to the 1100 block of Packerton Dam Drive at about 7:39 p.m. on June 19 "for a report of a female there that reported that her ex-boyfriend tried kidnapping her."
He said he met the victim, who told him that Brownmiller had been released from a hospital earlier in the day. The ex-girlfriend said she picked-up Brownmiller on North First Street in Lehighton and they drove around for about an hour.
The woman stated Brownmiller "was not acting himself and seemed out of it," says the affidavit.
She pulled onto Springhill Road, but Brownmiller allegedly stated to her, "I am not letting you go so give me the keys; you're taking me home."
The woman told police she grabbed the keys and her phone, but that Brownmiller pursued her. Brownmiller, according to the report filed by police, "drug her along side the road in the dirt by her hair, causing scrapes to her right elbow and left knee area. (Her) hair was a mess with dirt in it from being drug on the road."
The affidavit says a male came to the area and yelled for Brownmiller to leave her go. The male also said he was going to call 911. The girl broke loose and ran toward the male, and Brownmiller drove away, the affidavit says.
Long says in his affidavit that he spoke to thee witnesses regarding the matter, One witness said the female was screaming for help and "was yelling he's going to kill me."
The witnesses tell how Brownmiller allegedly was trying to force the female into the vehicle.