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Paxinos man accused of vicious assault



SHAMOKIN — A 39-year-old Paxinos man has been charged with viciously assaulting a man with a large wooden pole containing metal bolts, kicking him in the head and causing approximately $2,000 damage to a home and two vehicles Sunday night.

Matthew Alan Gray, whose address is listed on a criminal complaint as 533 Montour Road, is in county prison today after being arraigned by video at 4 p.m. Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.

Gray, who was wanted by authorities after fleeing the scene of the incidents at 533 Montour Road, is charged by Ralpho Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski with felonies of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault in an attempt to cause serious bodily injury, and misdemeanors of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

According to a criminal complaint, Jon V. Curry Sr. told police he was outside in his Jeep Cherokee at about 7:15 p.m. when Gray arrived at the residence with two other males in a black Toyota Camry. Curry said he went to speak with Gray, who immediately began to punch him in the face several times before going inside.

While inside the home, police said Gray grabbed a wooden chair from the kitchen and smashed a ceiling fan and glass stove top in the kitchen. Gray then went outside, grabbed a large rock and smashed the passenger side window of Nicole Curry’s 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Police said Nicole Curry and her roommate, Timothy D. Alexander, were inside the home when the incidents occurred.

After ransacking the home, police said Gray exited the residence and grabbed a large wooden pole with two metal bolts sticking out the side that he used to strike Jon Curry in the head three times, knocking him to the ground. Gray then allegedly kicked the victim in the head several times before throwing the pole through the front windshield of Nicole Curry’s 1973 Ford truck.

Gray then fled the scene.

Police said Jon Curry, who suffered several facial injuries including cuts to his left eyebrow, left cheek and nose, was able to identify the driver of the Toyota Camry as Jeremy Gray, whom he advised to leave the scene before being assaulted by Matthew Gray.

Police did not indicate the relationship between the individuals involved in the incidents and were not available for comment Wednesday night.