MARGATE – Police have charged a former Millville man with third-degree aggravated assault of a 52-year-old Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania woman that was witnessed by Margate Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Armstrong.
The assault occurred at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 on the unit-block of S. Granville Avenue.
According to a release from Public Information Officer Joseph Scullion, Armstrong radioed police after witnessing the incident. Several 911 calls reporting the incident were also received, Scullion said.
According to the victim and multiple witnesses, the suspect picked up the female by the waist from behind and threw her to the ground where she struck her head in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack. The suspect then fled the scene.
Officers responded to the area while Armstrong kept a visual of the suspect who was leaving the area on foot and heading towards Ventnor City on Atlantic Avenue. Responding officers caught up with the suspect at Barclay Avenue and after being ordered to stop he then fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into police custody.
He was identified as Jonathan Harris, 38, originally from Millville.
The victim was taken to the Atlantic City Medical Center where she is being treated.
Harris was taken to the Margate City Police Department for processing but after requesting medical attention he was also transported to the Atlantic City Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Harris was charged with third degree aggravated assault and fourth degree resisting arrest and remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing.
Officer Joe Hutchinson and Det. Erin Borrelli are investigating the incident.