Bellefonte man accused of attacking girlfriend

Robert Shrum
Robert Shrum

A Bellefonte man is in custody, suspected by Bellefonte police of punching and choking a woman Thursday night.

Police said Robert Shrum Jr., 35, went to the police station at about 11 p.m. Thursday to report a fight he’d had with his girlfriend.

Shrum told officers that he was sleeping at a friend’s house on Hale Lane and that his girlfriend woke him up to tell him something. He said to let him alone and, Shrum told police, the woman “bit him on the lip and then on the hand,” according to court documents. Officers noted bite marks on Shrum’s hand and lip and a scrape on his elbow.

Shrum also said he punched the woman in the stomach, kicked her on the nose and put his hands around her neck, according to the criminal complaint. Police went to find the woman and eventually learned she was at the Mount Nittany Medical Center emergency room.

The woman reported that she and Shrum had been drinking at the Omar Bar and ended up at the friend’s house when an argument broke out, according to court documents. The woman reported that she didn’t know what the fight was over, but accused Shrum of getting on top of her, punching her in the face and trying to strangle her.

Police arrested Shrum after speaking to the woman at the hospital. He faces a felony aggravated assault charge, a misdemeanor simple assault charge and a summary harassment charge.

Shrum was arraigned Friday at District Judge Tom Jordan’s office. Jordan set bail at $75,000 and Shrum was taken to Centre County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.