Crime

Man facing multiple charges after reported attack on stranger

A State College man faces assault charges after allegedly attacking a stranger near a downtown food stand.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, an officer stopped after observing a group of men yelling at each other in front of Penn Towers on East Beaver Avenue. The officer said he saw one of the men, identified as Jeremy M. Smida, 22, punch a second man.

After stopping the men, a woman approached the officer, saying Smida had headbutted a friend while in front of Yallah Taco along McAllister Alley. The friend had a large laceration to his face near his right eye and was seeking treatment at the Mount Nittany Medical Center emergency room.

When interviewed, Smida reportedly smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech, police said. When asked why he attacked the man, he allegedly had no answer.

The friend was interviewed in the hospital, police said, and reported he and his friends were waiting to order at Yallah Taco when he saw Smida come up on his right. Smida immediately grabbed him with both hands and headbutted and punched him, causing him to bleed profusely.

The man denied knowing Smida and said they never exchanged any words, police said.

Smida was charged via summons Friday by District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and faces a misdemeanor count of simple assault and summary charges of harassment and public drunkenness. A preliminary hearing is slated for June 14.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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