WILKES-BARRE — Felony charges against a man accused of assaulting a girlfriend with a Sawzall power saw were dismissed Thursday when the woman refused to testify against him.
Ashley Marie Nagy appeared for the preliminary hearing of Lamar Bobbett, 28, before District Judge Martin Kane Thursday morning and told prosecutors she did not want to proceed.
Assistant District Attorney Cara Lunell Solimine said she wanted to continue indicating Nagy provided Wilkes-Barre police with a written statement.
But that’s as far as the case went.
“No victim, no crime,” Kane said.
Bobbett appeared for the hearing via video conference from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
Two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of simple assault against Bobbett were dismissed. He was being held at the prison for lack of $50,000 bail.
Pending any other detainers, Bobbett was to be released as soon as possible, Kane said.
City police allege Nagy on March 25 told a friend she didn’t want to be with Bobbett anymore. Bobbett overheard the conversation and called Nagy into a bedroom of a residence on Woodward Street where they lived together.
Nagy allegedly told police Bobbett beat her with an extension cord and hit her with a rod or pole. Bobbett then grabbed a Sawzall power saw, turned it on and cut Nagy in the head with the blade, according to the criminal complaint.
Nagy told police she blacked out and woke up several hours later to find herself covered in blood and Bobbett putting an Ace bandage on her head, the complaint says.
Police said in the complaint that Nagy told Bobbett she needed to go to a hospital. He drove her to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where she received six staples in her head and was treated for a broken rib, a broken collar bone, a cut in her neck and numerous bruises, police said.
Nagy told police Bobbett stayed with her the entire time at the hospital. She initially told staff she was injured when she was jumped by an unknown person, the complaint says.
Solimine said she will possibly have police refile charges against Bobbett.