Sayre man charged in assault waives preliminary hearing
A Sayre man charged in the November assault of a male victim waived his preliminary hearing in district court Tuesday.
Robert Francis Uitz Jr., 19, faces charges of simple assault, simple assault by menace, disorderly conduct, harassment, consumption of alcohol by a minor and defiant trespassing after borough police said he struck a male victim several times Nov. 27, causing him to become unconscious. Uitz is scheduled to have a formal arraignment on those charges Jan. 14 in county court.
According to a criminal affidavit filed by Sayre borough police, officers were dispatched to a South Thomas Avenue residence at about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 27 following an assault that had occurred there. Uitz had left the scene before officers arrived, police said.
Police found Uitz at his residence on North Higgins Avenue, where Uitz told police he threw the victim to the ground and punched him several times in the face after the victim attempted to grab a hold of Uitz, according to police.
Police found Uitz with blood on both hands and with an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, police said. A preliminary breath test later came back positive for the presence of alcohol, according to police.
Uitz also yelled profanities while police talked with him at his residence and punched a post next to an officer before being placed into custody, police said.
The victim had lacerations around both eyes and was transported to Robert Packer Hospital by Greater Valley EMS, police said.
Uitz had been out on non-monetary bail conditions after borough police arrested him in August for stabbing his father with a folding knife during an argument at their residence. Uitz pled guilty in October to a charge of second-degree misdemeanor simple assault, according to county court information.
The county district attorney's office filed a motion Nov. 29 to revoke Uitz's bail after the assault charges were filed, and a warrant for Uitz's arrest was issued Nov. 30 for violation of his bail conditions. The warrant was returned served on Monday, according to information filed in county court.
Uitz's bail on the assault charges was reduced from $25,000 to $5,000 by agreement Tuesday, according to district court information.
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