Crime

State College man accused of assault in Penn State parking lot

Dennis Sieber Jr.
Dennis Sieber Jr.

A State College man is in jail, accused of assaulting another man over drug money in the parking lot of a family center on the Penn State campus.

Dennis Sieber Jr., 55, is charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment after Penn State police were called to the Pollock Maintenance Facility on campus Tuesday morning.

Officers said they met with a man there who said Sieber had attacked him in the parking lot of the Bennett Family Center at about 5:45 a.m. Sieber reportedly pulled the man from the passenger seat of a vehicle, sat on his chest, punched him in the face, choked him and slammed his head on the pavement, according to the criminal complaint.

The man told officers that Siebert had given him $100 last month to buy marijuana for him, according to court documents. The man said he spent the money on other things and told Sieber he would pay him back later.

Witnesses told officers they saw Sieber straddling him in the parking lot, according to court documents. Others reported seeing Siebert confront the man the day before at the maintenance facility.

The man had abrasions on the shoulder blade, back, arm and neck, police said.

Sieber also faces a summary harassment charge. He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Steven Lachman and is being held at Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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