Man charged with 3 counts of assault released on bail

LEWISTOWN–A 30-year-old man, charged with 8 counts, including three counts of assault, was released on nominal bail Thursday, said Mifflin County District Attorney Christopher Torquato.

Torquato said that Judge Aaron Gingrich modified bail for Charles Williams, of Lewistown, following a Rule 600 hearing. According to 234 Pa. Code Rule 600, a criminal defendant is not to be held in pre-trial incarceration for more than 180 days from the date the complaint is filed. Public Defender Robert Ferguson said Williams had been incarcerated since Aug. 26, 2018; approximately 231 days.

Torquato said he requested a supervised bail with random drug testing. Gingrich reduced Williams’ bail to $1 under the condition that he be supervised by the Mifflin County Parole and Probation Department and that he have no contact with the accuser.

Williams was charged in August with two counts aggravated assault and one count simple assault, after attacking a Lewistown resident with a metal pipe, according to court documents. Williams reportedly jumped out of his vehicle in the parking lot of a local convenience store while brandishing a metal pipe, called the accuser a “snitch,” chased the accuser and struck the accuser in the head with the metal pipe.

Williams had been interviewed by police earlier in the day as a person of interest allegedly involved in burglarizing the accuser’s residence and stealing a game console. When police advised Williams whose residence he was suspected in burglarizing, police said Williams seemed angry, court documents state.

The accuser told police he suspected Williams attacked him because Williams had been suspended from their mutual place of employment for failing a drug test and that Williams believed the accuser had told management about Williams’ drug use.

In an unrelated case, Williams was charged with three counts intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered and one count possession of drug paraphernalia, during an investigation of an alleged retail theft, according to court