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Lansford man faces charges

Published November 01. 2012 05:02PM

Jason Horvath, 29, of 316 W. Patterson St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at that address. Charges of four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of simple assault, and harassment were filed by Officer Christopher M. Ondrus. A video arraignment was conducted before on-call District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton and bail was set at $100,000 straight. Horvath was then committed to prison awaiting a preliminary hearing.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Ondrus, along with Summit Hill Officer John Pruitt, arrived at the house to find it in total disarray, as if an altercation or struggle had taken place there. In the kitchen, they found Bridget Horvath and her mother, Bridget S. Horvath, covered in blood. One of the women said Jason Horvath was responsible.

Police called an ambulance, and one of the women called for Horvath to come downstairs.

He refused, and police went up to his bedroom to find him talking to himself in the mirror. After a brief struggle, they arrested him.

Ondrus asked Horvath's mother what had happened, and she told him that Horvath had begun hitting both women with "anything he could," including a knife and a pair of metal prongs. She also pointed out a metal mop handle that was bent in half. Police found two clumps of Horvath's grandmother's hair on the kitchen floor, and numerous napkins, papers and rags that had blood on them. The grandmother, who is hard of hearing, was unable to communicate with the officers.

Emergency medical personnel examined the women. Horvath's mother had a laceration on her forehead. His grandmother had a large laceration to the top of her head, and cuts on her back and arm.

Both women were taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. The grandmother was then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Ondrus contacted a caseworker for Service Access Management, who had gotten a call from Horvath's mother. She wanted the caseworker to remove Horvath from the home, as he has a place to stay in Coaldale. Horvath's mother told the caseworker that Horvath was hitting everyone in the house. It was the caseworker who then called police.

Horvath was taken back to the police station and given his Miranda rights. Horvath told police an argument started when his mother and grandmother tried to convince him to enlist in the military. He then scribbled mostly illegible words over his written statement.

At that point, police terminated the interview.

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