MAHONING TWP. — A North Central Secure Treatment Unit resident punched another resident twice in the eye, police said.

State police at Milton charged Shawn D. Alexander, 19, with simple assault and harassment for the Feb. 9 incident.

Police said Alexander entered a room where residents, including Tyrone Wint, were watching TV. Alexander approached him and struck him twice in the left eye with a closed fist, police said. Wint suffered severe bruising and swelling and was treated in Geisinger Medical Center.

After interviewing Alexander and Wint, police said they had exchanged words back and forth for two weeks before the incident.

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