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Charges follow Tamaqua incident

Published August 08. 2013 05:04PM

Two Tamaqua women have been charged following an incident at 27 Center St., Tamaqua, on May 25.

Police were dispatched to the residence for a reported assault and disturbance.

According to the affidavit of probable cause a number of people were inside the residence, consuming alcohol. Melissa Baer, 19, of that address and 104 Schuylkill Ave., told officers she and Angel Resto, also known as "Sketch," were alone in the living room. At one point, while she was dancing, Jonathan Cameron, who also resides there, entered the room and put his hands down her pants. Baer said no one responded when she cried out for help. As the assault continued, Baer's 7-year-old brother entered the room, at which point Cameron removed his hands.

Baer left the room and encountered Ashley Weirich, 19, of 104 Schuylkill Ave. When told about the incident, Weirich allegedly confronted Cameron and began hitting and kicking him. As Weirich continued to pommel Cameron, Baer joined in the fray, using a stun gun on Cameron's upper and lower torso. Joseph Rush also joined in the assault. At one point Cameron was struck over the head with a beer bottle and dragged down the front porch steps.

Cameron, who was on state parole, was arrested and incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison, charged with sexual assault. He was treated for head and hand lacerations.

After reviewing the details of the incident police charged Baer and Weirich with simple assault, criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault, corruption of minors, and disorderly conduct. Baer was also charged with use of a prohibited weapon and possession of an instrument of crime.

In an unrelated matter, Tamaqua police have cited Baer after she reportedly threatened a 45-year-old woman on July 23.

The victim told officers that Baer had threatened to break the windows in her home and to harm her daughter-in-law's unborn child.

Baer was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct.

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