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Man allegedly takes money meant for victim’s mortgage: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 7/31/19

Middletown police charged a Harrisburg man with stealing $2,000 from a borough man that was supposed to go for his mortgage.

The victim told police he had told a co-worker, Tomas A. Abate, 34, of …

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Man allegedly takes money meant for victim’s mortgage: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police charged a Harrisburg man with stealing $2,000 from a borough man that was supposed to go for his mortgage.

The victim told police he had told a co-worker, Tomas A. Abate, 34, of the 300 block of North Progress Avenue, where the money was located.

The victim had been arrested and was worried that he would be going to Dauphin County Prison and would not be able to pay his mortgage, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

The victim was not sentenced to prison but upon returning home found that the money was gone, and that Abate was the only one who knew where it was.

Police on July 19 charged Abate with theft by unlawful taking. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Charges in South Union incident

Middletown police charged a borough man after a domestic incident in the first block of South Union Street at about 12:45 a.m. July 25.

The victim told police that Ronald Eugene Rice Jr., 42, of the same address, had punched her numerous times in the face, causing bruises to her left cheek bone, a bloody mouth and lip, and a chipped tooth, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police located Rice behind the Press & Journal building on South Union, where police said he was intoxicated. Rice had a blood-alcohol content of 0.138 percent, according to a preliminary breath test.

Rice was arraigned before Judy on July 25 and charged with simple assault and public drunkenness. Cash bail was set at $15,000, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

Man charged in Pineford incident

Middletown police charged a borough man following an incident in the 2100 block of Pineford Drive at about 11:43 p.m. July 22.

The victim, a teen girl, told police that Eddie Eugene Simmons Jr., 41, of the same address, hit her in the face multiple times with the back of his hand, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

After the victim pushed Simmons telling him not to hit her, Simmons hit her again in the face with the back of his hand, police said.

Police said they observed injuries to the victim’s face, including redness on her right cheek and on her upper right lip. She told police she felt pain on her right cheek and right lip.

Simmons was arraigned before Judy on July 23 and charged with simple assault and harassment. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured, and a preliminary hearing was to be held July 29.

Incident on Highland Avenue

A Middletown man was charged with strangulation and other offenses following a dispute in the 500 block of Highland Avenue at about 9:10 p.m. July 21.

The victim told police that Daniel M. Quakenbush Jr., 40, of the same address, had placed his hand on her throat to where she could not breathe. Quakenbush also punched her twice with a closed fist, once in the face and once in the head, the victim told police according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Quakenbush was arraigned before Judy on July 22 and charged with strangulation, simple assault and criminal mischief.

He was released after posting $25,000 bail through a professional bondsman. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 5.