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Man charged with assault in Middletown restaurant: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 12/11/19

Middletown police have charged a borough man with assaulting a man inside JD’s Junction restaurant in the first block of Mill Street at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Craig Aaron Wike, 33, of the …

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Man charged with assault in Middletown restaurant: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police have charged a borough man with assaulting a man inside JD’s Junction restaurant in the first block of Mill Street at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Craig Aaron Wike, 33, of the first block of Ann Street, assaulted the man, based on accounts from the victim and from a bartender at JD’s who broke up the fight, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

The bartender told Wike to get out and Wike fled the scene, according to police.

The victim’s face showed bruising and he had blood coming from a cut on the lower part of his eye, police said. Police said that the victim told them he had “lost count” of how many times he was hit by Wike.

On Dec. 4 police charged Wike through Judy’s office with simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct. He awaits setting of a preliminary hearing.

Chain-reaction accident

A Middletown man has been charged with causing an accident that damaged three parked vehicles in the 400 block of South Union Street at about 1:23 a.m. Nov. 25.

Borough police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that a 2015 black Honda Civic driven by Isaac Nathan Tankersley, 20, of the 200 block of State Street, ran into the back of a parked vehicle.

The impact moved the parked vehicle an estimated two car lengths forward, causing a chain reaction in which two other parked vehicles were damaged, police said.

The accident caused “considerable rear end damage” to the vehicle that Tankersley’s car hit first, police said. All the vehicles that were hit were unoccupied. The police report does not say whether Tankersley was hurt.

Tankersley’s car was up and over the curb when police arrived. Police said Tankersley admitted to smoking marijuana before he tried to drive home.

Police searched Tankersley’s car and found a marijuana pipe with residue, two bongs including one with residue, a plastic baggie with a small amount of marijuana, and a working digital scale.

Tankersley was placed under arrest for suspected DUI and submitted to a blood draw while at the county booking center. Results of the draw are pending, police said.

On Nov. 29, police filed charges against Tankersley through Judy’s office of DUI under a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, and speeding.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Dec. 30.

Movie allegedly leads to beating

A Middletown man is in Dauphin County Prison on $75,000 bail after borough police say he beat up a woman over a disagreement regarding a movie they were  watching in an apartment in the first block of South Union Street on Nov. 27.

According to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy, the victim told police the incident began at about 8:45 p.m. when Tyler S. Ashenfelder, 37, of the first block of South Union Street, head-butted the woman, breaking her nose.

The victim told police that Ashenfelder then punched her in the head and ear area, causing a large bruise over her right eye and causing her to bleed from her left ear. Ashenfelder then continued punching the woman in the back as she tried to defend herself.

After the assault Ashenfelder carried the victim into the bathroom and began showering her in an attempt to wash her blood away, police said.

Photographs taken by police showed blood throughout the living room, bedroom and bathroom area of the apartment.

Ashenfelder was arraigned on Nov. 28 before District Judge Paul T. Zozos and charged with aggravated assault, tampering with/fabricating physical evidence, and false imprisonment.

Ashenfelder was ordered bound over on all charges during a Dec. 9 preliminary hearing before Judy. He is to be arraigned in Dauphin County Court on Feb. 7.

Judy during the hearing also increased Ashenfelder’s bail from $50,000 to $75,000. He had been unable to post cash bail as of Dec. 9, according to online court records.

Man charged with under-21 DUI

Police have charged a 19-year-old Middletown resident with DUI, following an incident in the 600 block of North Spring Street just before 2 a.m. Nov. 16.

Gaurav Arora, of the 600 block of North Spring Street, was illegally parked in the lane of travel, borough police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy. Arora then moved the 2010 Honda from the lane of travel to about 18 inches from the curb, police said.

A preliminary breath test showed that Arora had a blood-alcohol content of 0.059 percent to 0.061 percent, police said.

A blood test showed that Arora had a blood alcohol content of 0.062 percent, exceeding the legal limit in Pennsylvania for an adult younger than age 21, police said. The legal limit for someone 21 and older to drive is 0.08 percent.

Arora was also charged with a minor prohibited/operating with alcohol, purchase of alcoholic beverages by a minor, improper stop, and parking improperly on a two-way highway.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Dec. 30.