HAZLETON — A woman suffered a broken jaw and had teeth knocked out when city police alleged she was punched in the face several times by her boyfriend early Tuesday morning.
Police said Gamel Stacey McFarland, 20, chased Laniaja Jones for nearly a block on Church Street from 18th Street to 19th Street where he dragged her on the pavement by her ankles just before 3 a.m.
Jones was found bleeding heavily from her mouth and face and had difficulty speaking, police said.
Police said Jones was able to say McFarland assaulted her at their residence on Church Street.
Jones was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton where she was treated for a broken jaw, several facial fractures and missing teeth, police said.
Police said they found an intoxicated McFarland at his residence where he was arrested. He was charged with two counts each of simple assault and disorderly conduct, and one count each of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and public drunkenness.
McFarland was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Witnesses heard screaming outside their homes in the area of Church and 19th streets. When looking out windows, witnesses observed a man slapping and punching a woman and dragging her by her feet across Church Street.
Police said they found a black hair wig, four human teeth and blood spatter on Church Street from 18th to 19th streets, the complaint says.
In a written statement, Jones wrote she was dropped off by a friend and was punched in the face by McFarland, who chased her down the street and punched her in the head knocking out several teeth, according to the complaint.
In a related incident, state police at Hazleton on Feb. 4 cited McFarland with harassment after he allegedly threw a boot at Jones at the Mount Laurel Motel on South Church Street. The harassment citation remains open.
A preliminary hearing on the assault charges is scheduled on June 18.