Crime

Man faces felony assault charges after alleged stabbing, assault

A local man faces felony assault charges after allegedly beating and stabbing a State College woman at her apartment.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township police, officers were advised Friday that the woman had been taken to Geisinger in Danville due to her injuries.

An officer spoke with the woman Sunday, police said, who stated she had been at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Oct. 11 and denied she was assaulted. When asked if she wanted to provide more information, she reportedly told the officer the incident was “domestic violence-related” and hadn’t admitted it because “the person that did it threatened to kill me and my family and I didn’t want that to happen.”

The woman identified her alleged attacker as Nicholas P. Harbadin, 27, saying she had dated him but they had broken up about two months ago. She reportedly stated he had a history of being violent against her, leading to the breakup.

The woman allegedly claimed after coming home from work on or around Oct. 9, “Nick came over and beat the crap out of me.”

Harbadin, Nicholas
Nicholas P. Harbadin

Harbadin reportedly called her that night and told her that he and some others “are going to come and beat the (expletive) out of you,” police said. He allegedly told her not to call the police and threatened to shoot her if she called 911.

He arrived at the apartment at about midnight and a verbal argument ensued, police said. The woman reportedly stated Harbadin was upset about a fight with his father and told her it was her fault.

She stated that he grabbed her by the hair and choked her to the point where she couldn’t breathe, police said. The alleged assault continued outside, where he reportedly punched her in the face “repeatedly” with a closed fist before taking her back inside.

She claimed she was thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs and torso, police said. Believing the situation was “life or death,” she reportedly retrieved a knife from her bedroom and stabbed Harbadin.

Harbadin took the knife and stabbed her in the back, police said. He then reportedly threatened to kill himself and “proceeded to slit his throat,” after which he allegedly blamed her for “what you made me do.”

He left the apartment and went to a motel, police said. State College police records reportedly show a health and safety call made by officers Oct. 10 for a “male who attempted suicide the previous night by attempting to cut his throat with a knife.” State College police officers met with Harbadin at the motel where he reportedly stated he had gotten rid of the knife earlier.

The woman’s injuries reportedly included swollen eyes, cut lips, bruising on her neck and a puncture wound on her back.

Harbadin was taken into custody and arraigned Monday by District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and strangulation, and misdemeanor charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Straight monetary bail was set at $100,000, and he was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Oct. 25.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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