WILKES-BARRE — City police rearrested a man they say assaulted his girlfriend with a power saw in March.
Lamar Bobbett, 28, of Woodward Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Friday morning by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township on two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of simple assault. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
Police refiled the charges against Bobbett after the case was dismissed by District Judge Martin Kane on May 1, when Ashley Marie Nagy opted not to testify at a preliminary hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Cara Lunell Solimine asked to proceed saying Nagy had provided police with a written statement about the alleged attack.
Kane dismissed the case simply stating, “No victim, no crime.”
Solimine and District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis quickly filed a petition seeking a change of district judge to preside over the preliminary hearing.
President Judge Thomas Burke reassigned the case to District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville.
Police allege Bobbett attacked Nagy with a power saw inside their Woodward Street home on March 25 after Bobbett overheard Nagy tell a friend she wanted to end her relationship with him, according to the criminal complaint.
Nagy passed out and awoke to find Bobbett placing a bandage on her head. She was taken to a hospital where she claimed she was attacked on the street by unknown people, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 3 before Barilla.