Hearing Held for DuBois Man Accused of Aggravated Assault

DUBOIS – A DuBois man accused of beating a woman until she was unconscious held a hearing at Magisterial District Judge Patrick N. Ford’s office on Friday.

Ryan Lynn Denochick, 27, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. The alleged victim testified that she and Denochick were discussing what to eat when she mentioned she wanted cheese on a burger. She related that Denochick became angry and at some point pushed her. They argued, she told him to get out, and he came at her.

The woman, sporting a bruised left eye, said that Denochick began to strike her in the face, head and arm. She said that she was unsure how long he beat her, but that it was a long time.

“I don’t know when he stopped,” said the woman. “I passed out.”

The woman stated that she later awoke and called 911. She said she could not see out of her left eye and that her left arm was hurt. She also said that her 2-year-old son was in the residence when the event occurred.

Assistant District Attorney Leanne Nedza moved for the addition of a charge of endangering the welfare of child to Denochick. Ford denied that motion, but said that the commonwealth could file it as a separate charge. 

DuBois City Police Officer Shawn McCleary stated that when he arrived on-scene the woman appeared to have whip marks on her face and neck. The woman testified earlier that she believed Denochick kicked her in the face. McCleary said that Denochick was found on July 1 after a tip came in. 

McCleary said that Denochick told him he had been hiding in the woods. The officer also said that Denochick told him that he remembered up until the argument, but then he blacked out. Denochick said he came to in the woods.

Ford bound all charges over and Denochick remains in Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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