Troy Edgar Bower, 30, of 2323 Riverside Drive, South Williamsport, has been charged with assault-related offenses after striking another man in the face with a wooden bat inside a home in the 400 block of Curtin Street in late October, borough police alleged in an affidavit.
The victim, Mikael Floyd, was hospitalized “a few days” after suffering “multiple facial fractures and a traumatic brain injury,” according to a police affidavit.
On the evening of Oct. 26, the two men got into a heated argument, and Floyd admitted he struck Bower in the face “because he was scared,” the affidavit stated. Floyd went to another room to play a video game for three to five minutes before he was “struck with a blunt object,” the court document stated. Floyd was “then rushed to UPMC Williamsport” to received medical care, police said.
During an interview with police, Bower told investigators that after Floyd struck him in the face, friends separated the two and Floyd was told to leave, but he refused, court records stated.
Bower claimed that “Floyd was yelling that he was going to kill him and then Floyd walked into another room,” police were told. Bower said he was afraid Floyd was going into another room to get a knife, police said.
Bower admitted that he took “a wooden baseball bat that was hanging on the wall, entered the room where Floyd was playing a video game and struck in the face with the bat,” court records stated.
Bower was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Gary Whiteman on charges of aggravated and simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime and harassment. He was released on $40,000 bail.
In another case the judge handled, John Kyle Smith, 27, of 1610 Scott St., was locked up on charges after he put a handgun in another man’s face during an argument at Scott and Oliver streets about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, city police alleged in an affidavit.
Smith had already fled the scene when officers arrived, but he was soon found locked in a bathroom at the nearby home of a female acquaintance and was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering.
Once he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser, Smith told an officer “I wouldn’t have a gun. I’m a felon.” He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. Court records made no mention that any handgun was recovered in this case.
In a third case that came before Whiteman, Neil Lance Felver, 42, of 2345 W. Southern Ave., South Williamsport, has been charged with simple assault and harassment stemming from a domestic disturbance with a son at a home on Yeagle Road in Eldred Township on Jan. 5, state police said. The son suffered bruises to his left eye, left ear and left forearm, police said. Following his arraignment Tuesday, Felver was released on $7,500 bail.
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