2011-06-09 / Front Page

Licking Creek Man Jailed For Assault

James Baughman held in lieu of $100K bail
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Baughman Baughman A Licking Creek Township man is accused of wielding a knife and a metal pipe during an assault at his home during the early morning hours Friday.

James Robert Baughman of 255 Circle Drive, Harrisonville, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson following the 12:15 a.m. alleged attack on June 3, Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg barracks said. Charges against Baughman include four counts of simple assault; two counts each of recklessly endangering another person, harassment criminal mischief; and one count of terroristic threats.

He was remanded to the Franklin County Prison after he was unable to post $100,000 bail.

Investigating officers troopers Ellis Barnett and Garry Ford Jr. were dispatched to the Licking Creek Township home when Baughman reportedly became upset with a 19-year-old female and a 24-year-old male. Stones were thrown at an upstairs bedroom window, an affidavit of probable cause stated, causing damage to both a window and air-conditioning unit.

The 24-year-old Baughman proceeded into his residence and up a set of stairs, where he is accused of kicking a bedroom door off its hinges, Trooper Barnett said in the affidavit. The female victim used the door in an attempt to block Baughman from entering the room, police said. However, she was shoved to the ground, with the door leaving her with injuries to her shoulder and neck area, the affidavit further maintains.

According to the affidavit, Baughman fetched a serrated kitchen knife from the first floor and was briefly stopped by the female, who he pushed through the staircase drywall. Meanwhile, the male victim jumped out of a two-story bathroom window to escape harm but was allegedly chased outside the home by Baughman with a metal pipe.

The man attempted to flee in a 1990 Chevrolet Corsica belonging to a 61-year-old male, the trooper noted, but Baughman used the pipe to hit the vehicle. The victim suffered a near miss with the pipe when Baughman connected with the metal pillar separating the vehicle’s front and back door, police concluded.

In speaking with police, the young male victim said Baughman threatened to “stab” and “kill him” with the knife while he was trying to mount the stairs.

Damage at the home was estimated at $300, and an additional $1,100 in damage was sustained to the car.

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