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Man allegedly injures officer responding to domestic call

Police said he punched an officer in the face

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A 52-year-old man accused of punching a woman during an argument is also facing assault charges for allegedly fighting with the two police officers who tried to arrest him.

Bethlehem police charged Michael Magill with assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness after his arrest Friday evening. District Judge Patricia Broscius arraigned Magill Saturday afternoon, setting bail at $50,000 with a 10 percent cash option, if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Chelsea Avenue about 5:45 p.m. Friday to investigate a reported domestic disturbance. Police said a caller was following Magill as he walked away from Chelsea Avenue, directing officers onto Hillmond Street as Magill headed toward Center Street.

Magill allegedly ignored orders to stop and began fighting with an officer who tried to detain him, according to court records. Police allege Magill punched the officer in the face, injuring his eye and breaking his glasses, according to records.

Magill – who allegedly smelled of alcohol and had a hard time walking – continued to struggle with police, injuring the first officer’s left knee.

The initial victim told police that Magill had been “causing a disturbance” at her apartment and was asked to leave. The two began arguing before Magill allegedly punched the woman in the face and shoved her into a table. Police said she sustained injuries to her lip, head and ankle.

Court records list Magill as homeless, but indicate that he had been staying at the Chelsea Street apartment where the initial attack took place.

Police charged Magill with aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and public drunkenness. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 8.


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