Crime

Man charged with assault waives hearing

A man charged with assaulting a former friend, burglarizing his home and trespassing waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Court documents filed on Dec. 4 allege Zhang De, 21, of State College, became enraged after having an online conversation with a man who was Zhang’s roommate and former friend, after the man allegedly insulted Zhang’s family.

Zhang reportedly told the victim online that he was going to beat him.

When police arrived on the scene, they said they saw dried blood on the victim’s head, which was wrapped in gauze. According to the affidavit of probable cause, there was blood seeping through the gauze.

Before police and emergency medical responders arrived at the scene, Zhang allegedly walked out of his bedroom into the common area and demanded the victim come outside.

Court documents indicate that the victim told Zhang he would not come outside. This is when the victim says Zhang became violent.

Zhang admitted to police that he became extremely angry and kicked the door to the victim’s room open.

According to the affidavit, the kick was forceful enough to break the door from the dead bolt.

Once inside, Zhang told police that he ran over to the victim, “striking him multiple times in the face, with his bare hands.”

The victim told police that Zhang was lying and that he beat him with “an object.”

Zhang also admitted to police that it wasn’t until the victim’s girlfriend came into the room that he stopped.

Court documents indicate the victim was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

At the hospital, a doctor spoke to police and told them that the victim sustained a 4-inch laceration to the top of his head. According to police, the doctor said he believed the cut was from an object.

The affidavit of probable cause states two women were in the apartment at the time of the alleged assault. Both women told police they heard Zhang yelling at the victim and that they also heard the door get kicked open.

Zhang faces a host of charges including one felony count of burglary, one misdemeanor count of simple assault, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and harassment.

Jalelah Ahmed, 231-4631, jahmed@centredaily.com

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