Borough Man Threatened to Break Woman’s Jaw, Punched Her in Stomach, Police Say

A Hellertown man is facing charges of terroristic threats (Misdemeanor 1) and simple assault (Misdemeanor 2) after police say he allegedly assaulted and threatened his girlfriend in the 1300 block of Main Street June 29.

According to a police news release and court records, Kevin Michael Mantell, 27, allegedly grabbed the woman by the jaw “and punched her in the stomach.”

He also “threatened to break her jaw, and (said) if she tries leaving he knows people who have guns,” a signed criminal complaint states.

An affidavit of probable cause states that the woman walked into Hellertown police headquarters shortly after 6 p.m. June 29 to report the alleged attack.

At that time, police say, she showed an officer “text messages received from the defendant…stating that the defendant was ‘sorry’ and ‘it wouldn’t happen again.'”

Police said they “obtained a photograph of the text message as well as a written statement” from the woman.

During an interview with Mantell police said he claimed “he has had ‘black out spells’ in anger, directly related to thoughts of harming another,” the affidavit states.

Following a June 30 preliminary arraignment on the charges before Judge Antonia Grifo, Mantell was released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for July 12 at 9 a.m. before District Judge Anthony G. Rapp Jr.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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