60-year-old faces 6 criminal counts, including burglary

LEWISTOWN — A 60-year-old man was charged Friday with six criminal counts, including burglary and assault, after unlawfully entering a female accuser’s home and physically assaulting her, according to court documents.

Christopher A. Gahagan, of Lewistown, was reportedly in the vicinity of the accuser’s residence on Thursday when the accuser was paying for a pizza delivery, according to court documents. The accuser, who told police she and Gahagan were in an on-again, off-again relationship, reportedly told Gahagan to leave before returning to her residence and shutting the door, after which Gahagan reportedly kicked in the door and broke the door jam.

The accuser alleged Gahagan then threw her up against a counter in her home area, grabbed her face, threw her onto her love seat, grabbed her hair and called her a “whore.” The accuser reportedly told Gahagan to leave her residence several times during the reported incident, which he refused to do.

Gahagan reportedly threw the accuser’s pizza outside onto the porch and eventually left, with the accuser’s cell phone, after grabbing her by the arm again, court documents state.

Granville Township police observed the accuser had several marks which were turning black and blue on her right forearm and upper arm, consistent with being grabbed with force, court documents state. Police also observed a fresh scrape on her left calf. The accuser told police she sustained these injuries during Gahagan’s assault and that her back was in pain from being thrown around. The accuser refused medical treatment, according to court documents.

The accuser described to police what Gahagan was wearing during the incident. A neighbor reported hearing the accuser yell for someone to call 9-1-1, then saw a male subject leave the accuser’s residence stating, “I’m going to get you” while pointing his finger at the accuser, according to court documents. The witness told police the male subject left on foot and headed toward state Route 103.

Police did not report observing a male subject matching the witness’s or the accuser’s description walking along Route 103, according to court documents. They were also unable to locate Gahagan at his residence or in the vicinity of the accuser’s residence on Thursday night, but were able to apprehend him at his residence on Friday morning, according to a Granville officer.

Gahagan was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith and committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $50,000 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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