Police: October melee leads to charges for 6

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LEWISTOWN — An October confrontation in Lewistown Borough has resulted in charges being filed against six people, including one minor, according to a report released Wednesday by the Lewistown Police Department.

Police said at 3:18 p.m. on Oct. 28, officers were dispatched to Chestnut Street after receiving a report that a male had been injured in a “physical confrontation.”

According to the report, investigation determined that several people had confronted 44-year-old Eric Edward Wilson regarding how he had been driving past them. Police said after a brief confrontation, Wilson drove to his nearby residence but then returned to the area of the initial confrontation on foot accompanied by a 15-year-old and Wilson’s mother, 72-year-old Linda Bumgardner, while Wilson was wielding a piece of lumber.

Police said at this time, several people began verbally confronting Wilson, the teen and Bumgardner, who were returning verbal threats.

According to the report, the incident turned physical when the teen said something to 25-year-old Jesse Acevedo, who then threw a punch at the teen. The teen managed to avoid the initial strike attempt by Acevedo, but the two then began to fight, police said. Acevedo is listed in the police report as being a Lewistown resident, but online court records indicate he is from Three Springs in Huntingdon County.

At this time, police said, Wilson ran up and began striking Acevedo on his head and neck multiple times. During the fight, Bumgardner became involved and was struck in the hand by Wilson, according to the report.

Police said Wilson then fled the area, but was taken into custody at his residence shortly thereafter.

Acevedo was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Wilson is charged with aggravated assault, riot and endangering the welfare of children. According to online court records, he is free on $35,000 bail and a formal arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 21 before Judge Aaron Gingrich.

The teen and Acevedo were both charged with simple assault. Acevedo was not incarcerated and a hearing for him is scheduled for Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Jack E. Miller. Records about the teen’s charges and court appearances are not publicly available.

Bumgardner, 42-year-old Billy Jack Lauver, and 18-year-old Jolin Zimmerman were cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing highways and other public passages.


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