Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
Court records say the pair reside together, but didn't indicate their relationship.
A Northampton Borough man was charged with simple assault after allegedly punching a teenager in a parking lot then striking witnesses as they tried to intervene.
Colonial Regional police at 11:21 p.m. Tuesday responded to the Wal-Mart in Lower Nazareth Township after witnesses reported a man fighting with a 16-year-old girl. Court records say the pair reside together, but didn’t indicate their relationship.
Giovanni Alfredo Morales, 21, of the 200 block of James Avenue, was preventing the teen from getting into a car despite the car door being open, court records say.
The teen then allegedly pushed Morales and Morales threw the teen into the vehicle door and began punching her in the face with a closed fist, records say.
As a witness tried to stop Morales, Morales then punched the witness in the nose, records say. Others also tried to stop Morales and he fled to a nearby Burger King, records say.
Morales then punched a second witness in the face with a closed fist as he approached Morales outside the Burger King, records say.
When police interviewed Morales, he said the teen slapped him in back of the head while shopping at Wal-Mart and the fighting continued in the parking lot. He claimed the teen raised her fist to punch him first and that’s when he punched her, records say.
Morales Wednesday was arraigned before District Judge Douglas Schlegel on charges of simple assault, harassment, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and child endangerment. The judge set bail at 10 percent of $20,000.
Morales failed to post bail and was transported to the Northampton County Prison.