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Easton police allege jealous man attacked ex's new beau

He allegedly barged into a South Side apartment

EASTON, Pa. - Authorities allege a jealous Easton man barged into a South Side home and broke the jaw and eye socket of the man dating his ex-girlfriend.

Police charged Jerard A. Marshall, of Cattell Street, with felony counts of aggravated assault and burglary in connection to the alleged attack earlier this month. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for the 31-year-old on March 17, and District Judge Dan Corpora arraigned Marshall on Tuesday. He set bail at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option, if approved by pre-trial services.

Easton police were dispatched to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill on March 17 for an assault victim who was allegedly attacked inside an apartment in the 400 block of West Berwick Street in Easton. Police said the victim sustained a broken nose, fractured eye socket, broken jaw, internal bleeding, swelling and bruising. He had been transported from the St. Luke's Anderson Campus to Fountain Hill for surgery.

The victim told police that he was at his girlfriend's apartment, when someone knocked on the door about 3 a.m. He told authorities that two men forced their way inside the apartment as he opened the door.

Once inside, Marshall allegedly attacked the victim, punching him at least five times and causing him to blackout, according to records. The two men then ran from the apartment.

The victim reported that he knew both men and told police that Marshall had attacked him because he was jealous of his relationship with the woman. The victim and his girlfriend identified photos of Marshall and the second man as the intruders. Court records do not indicate any charges pending against the second man.

Along with burglary and aggravated assault charges, Marshall faces simple assault and harassment charges. He was released from Northampton County Prison Wednesday after posting $2,500 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 3.

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