Man charged with assaulting mother, grandfather with tire iron, poker

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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PLYMOUTH TWP. — A township man was charged with using a fireplace iron poker and a tire iron to assault his grandfather and mother at their residence on West Oak Drive on Tuesday, according to court records.

Joseph Xavier Cimilluca, 18, was arrested after state police at Wyoming investigated separate incidents that involved Dennis Wenn and Kristy Marie Cimilluca.

According to the criminal complaints:

Kristy Cimilluca told troopers her son got mad and cursed after she asked him to help clean the house. She claimed her son punched her numerous times in the face and kicked her after she fell to the floor.

Her father, Wenn, intervened and was struck by Joseph Cimilluca with an iron poker in the back, arms and chest.

Kristy Cimilluca claimed her son threatened to stab the family if they ganged up on him. After she called 911, Joseph Cimilluca fled the house and ran into woods avoiding capture during a search.

Troopers returned to the residence two hours later at about 10:40 p.m. when Joseph Cimilluca entered the house armed with a tire iron.

Kristy Cimilluca alleged her son threatened to “(Expletive) kill her,” and began striking Wenn with the tire iron when he stepped in between them.

Joseph Cimilluca allegedly struck and kicked Wenn several times and elbowed Kristy Cimilluca in the head knocking her unconscious.

Wenn claimed he was kicked, punched and struck with an iron poker.

Kristy Cimilluca awoke and was allegedly attacked by her son with the iron poker and was stomped on her back and chest.

Joseph Cimilluca fled the house but was captured after a search that involved a canine unit.

State police said Kristy Cimilluca and Wenn were treated at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Joseph Cimilluca was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on four total counts of simple assault and harassment, two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of terroristic threats. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 total bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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