Crime

Hearings waived in alleged crime spree

Brandon Hummel, 18, of Winburne, and Joseph Oswalt, 22, of Philipsburg, waived their preliminary hearings Wednesday on multiple counts in two cases.

According to court documents, Hummel beat a male with an aluminum baseball bat while Oswalt hit the victim in the back of the head with his fist near the Rush Township building on May 20.

The affidavit of probable cause states that Oswalt told police he hit the victim because he thought his 18-year-old girlfriend was in danger; a 24-year-old woman who was a witness to the incident said it was done because the victim owed the witness $110. She claimed that she did not direct the assault and told the defendants to leave her residence.

Charges were filed in a second incident May 21, in which a 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup truck went missing from the residence of Steven Knowles on Moshannon Street in Philipsburg. It was later recovered in Somerset, at the same location where a second vehicle, a black Chevrolet Cavalier, went missing and was later recovered in Kentucky.

State police at Philipsburg said Oswalt told them Hummel had orchestrated the theft of the truck. The two, along with two others, left the area in the truck, which subsequently stopped working in Somerset. Hummel then secured the Cavalier, which was driven to Ohio and then Kentucky.

Hummel was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor counts of theft from a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, simple assault and conspiracy, and summary counts of harassment and conspiracy.

Oswalt was charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy and receiving stolen property, plus misdemeanor counts of theft from a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, simple assault and conspiracy.

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