By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG — A Mifflinburg man was charged Tuesday with first-degree aggravated assault, accused of pushing the mother of his infant so hard that her head broke a wall and holding a knife to her throat and saying, “I should just kill you now.”
The felony assault charge against Kyle Stahl, 21, of Mifflinburg, came during arraignment before District Judge Jeffrey Mensch on Tuesday morning after four law enforcement agencies scoured the region trying to find him in the Monday incident, Mifflinburg police officer Tracy Fetterman told Mensch.
Stahl also faces misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and simple assault plus a summary offense of physical harassment.
With his mother, Linda Aikey, at his side, Stahl wept as the charges were read and asked if he would be kept from his child. He is free on $25,000 bail but was ordered to stay away from the victim, Nikole Brosious, and their child.
According to the affidavit filed in court, police were alerted to the disturbance in a Chestnut Street apartment by a resident on another floor who reported hearing a man yelling and a woman screaming. Police arrived to find the victim shaken and holding the infant in the apartment where she and Stahl were living with his grandmother.
Brosious told police she was in bed when Stahl began yelling at her to leave his grandmother’s house, the affidavit states. When she tried, she said Stahl knocked her phone to the floor. It was then that Stahl allegedly held a pocketknife to her throat and said, “I should just kill you now.”
Stahl then repeatedly grabbed and threw the victim to the floor, grabbed her hair, pushed her into the wall, leaving the hole, tried to push a wheelchair into her and then covered her mouth as she screamed for his grandmother, making it hard for her to breathe, the affidavit states.
During this, Stahl allegedly asked the victim if she wanted to see their baby again, and if not, tell him now and he would kill her.
Brosious said the infant began crying, but Stahl allegedly would not allow her to tend to the child. He had knocked her to the floor again, she said, when his grandmother appeared and made Stahl leave, according to court records.
Mifflinburg police took photos of the victim, documenting scratches on her arms, bruising on her forehead and scratching and rug burns on her back. She told police she would seek treatment at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. She has since filed for a protection-from-abuse order against Stahl.
Fetterman told Mensch the sheriffs’ offices in Northumberland and Union counties plus state police and Mifflinburg police spent hours looking for Stahl. He was picked up on a probation violation in Northumberland County.
Stahl’s preliminary hearing will be March 18 before Mensch.