Everyone has disturbing dreams, but the disturbance usually ends when the dreamer awakens. In an unusual case in Lackawanna County, the disturbance from the dream did not end, and the dreamer is now facing a number of criminal charges, including aggravated assault and attempted murder.
The defendant allegedly awoke from what he described as a bad dream about infidelity. According to the criminal complaint, the man accused his wife of infidelity, saying “I loved you. Now I am going to kill you.” According to police, the couple’s teen-aged daughter returned to the house with a friend while the assault was underway. When she attempted to call 911 on her cell phone, her father began choking her and twisting her arm to make her let go of the cell phone, which he then smashed. Police said that the two teenagers managed to escape and call 911.
When police arrived, they found the victim at the home of a neighbor who, coincidentally, was a Lackawanna County detective. Police said that the victim appeared to be badly beaten. While officers were attending to the victim, the defendant left the scene in his Jeep Cherokee. After a short chase, police arrested the suspect in the parking lot of a business owned by his family. Police said that the man smelled of alcohol.
The defendant is being held in the Lackawanna County Prison after being charged with aggravated assault, attempted murder and other crimes. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a consultation can provide a helpful analysis of the case, identification of useful defenses and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or outright acquittal.
Source: Scranton Times Tribune, “Attempted murder charge filed against man for assault,” Joseph Kohut, Jan. 19, 2017