Police: Caseworker punched, bruised in office by Reading man

READING, Pa. - A Services Access and Management (SAM) caseworker was assaulted by a client Thursday in Reading.

Police found the victim, a female employee of the human services organization, crying and shaking at around noon inside the SAM building in the unit block of North Sixth Street. She had a "baseball sized" bruise on her forehead and a large, swollen bruise on her lower back.

The attacker, 35-year-old Antonio Nunez of Reading, was found on scene in an elevator by police. After ignoring police commands and eventually charging at an officer, police used a taser to subdue Nunez and take him in to custody.

The incident began when Nunez came to SAM for an intake meeting already discontent with a previous caseworker. Early in the meeting, Nunez pushed a table at a male SAM employee and then threw a chair.

At this point the female victim had left her office to see what the commotion was. She told police that when Nunez told her "you know I'm aggressive," she tried to walk away.

Nunez then began attacking her, punching her in the face, arms and back, kicking her and pushing her.

Nunez is being held in Berks County Jail after being unable to post $15,000 bail. He is being charged with simple assault, disorderly contact and harassment.

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