By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP —
A Greenville man has been charged with beating a woman and setting a bed pillow on fire after she confronted him about text messages involving another woman.
Michael E. Morgan, 21, of 77 S. Race St., has been charged by Hempfield Township police with arson, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, terroristic threats and criminal mischief.
Police gave this account:
While Morgan was sleeping Saturday at an apartment in the 300 block of Mercer Road, the victim saw on Morgan’s cell phone text messages showing he had feelings for another woman.
The victim confronted Morgan and told him he needed to leave.
She then sat on a coffee table and Morgan flipped it over.
The woman grabbed her 2-year-old daughter and went to a bedroom.
Morgan followed the woman, choked her and hit her across the face, then grabbed her wrists and pinned her to the bed.
The woman yelled for her 17-year-old nephew and Morgan got off the woman when the nephew entered the room.
Morgan broke the screen on the woman’s cell phone.
He pushed the victim onto the bed, held her down and told her, “Guess we will die together today, baby.” He said he was going to bring her world down and that she wouldn’t have a home.
Morgan set a pillow on fire, but the woman got him to put it out.
Morgan told the woman he loved her as he repeatedly hit her in the head.
The woman’s nephew called 911 at 3:42 a.m.
Morgan was arraigned Saturday by District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, and sent to jail after failing to post $100,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 3 before District Judge Brian Arthur, Greenville.