Bellefonte man arrested after report of altercation that ‘shook the walls’

A Bellefonte man has been charged with assault after an alleged evening altercation that one witness said “shook the walls.”

According to Bellefonte police, officers were called at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of West Logan Street for a domestic dispute. At the scene, officers met with a man and woman whom they believed to have been involved.

The officer reported observing injuries to the woman’s face, including a cut on her nose, swollen ear and bruising, police said. The woman claimed she had been asleep when she was awoken by the man, identified as Thomas S. Brown, 38, when he began striking her over an issue involving cigarettes.

T. Brown
Thomas S. Brown

The woman told police she had been slammed onto the ground and was able to get away to a neighboring apartment. She was reportedly taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for evaluation.

Brown was taken into custody, police said, and taken to the police station, where he was interviewed. During the interview, he allegedly said he had been drinking with the woman when she accused him of being unfaithful and “slapped the (expletive) out of him.”

He declined to provide any more details to officers, police said.

A witness reported hearing yelling and screaming coming from Brown’s apartment, police said, and heard a man’s voice yelling at someone to shut up. The witness described the incident as “slamming and fighting that shook the walls.”

Brown was arraigned Monday before District Judge Allen Sinclair, according to court documents, and was charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment. Bail was set at $10,000 and he was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews