Pine Grove Mills man facing assault charges

mdawson@centredaily.comSeptember 3, 2013 

A Pine Grove Mills man was arrested early Monday after police said he pulled a knife on his girlfriend and another man and then punched the girlfriend in the face.

Mark Solt, 22, was being held on $100,000 bail in the Centre County Correctional Facility on charges including felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and simple assault and a summary violation after police said he damaged a holding cell while in custody.

Ferguson Township officer Kevin Laudenslager said the alleged assault happened after an argument at Solt’s apartment at 112 W. Pine Grove Road. Authorities were dispatched at 2:22 a.m., he said.

Solt held up a knife to the girlfriend and the man who also lives there, the officer said. Solt threatened to kill them and and then punched the girlfriend, Laudenslager said.

That’s when Solt, who had been drinking, left his apartment.

A Ferguson Township police officer found Solt in his vehicle sometime later, though it wasn’t clear how much time had elapsed or exactly where Solt was found.

The officer waited for additional officers to come because a knife had been involved in the incident on West Pine Grove Road, Laudenslager said, and once the extra officers arrived, Solt was taken into custody.

Solt is facing a DUI charge related to his driving from the apartment after the alleged assault.

While in custody, things got worse for Solt. Laudenslager said Solt shattered a window on a holding cell at the Ferguston Township Police Department, and as a result, Solt is facing a summary count of criminal mischief.

Solt was arraigned by District Judge Leslie Dutchcot on Monday morning and is awaiting a preliminary hearing next week. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Solt had been awaiting the resolution of a separate DUI case that resulted from a traffic stop in April.

According to the charging document, Solt was pulled over April 18 after a Ferguson Township officer found that his vehicle’s registration had expired. The officer smelled alcohol on Solt, who failed the field sobriety tests, and his blood-alcohol level was found to be .125 percent.

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