The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 18, 2011

Boy, 16, faces charges in attack as adult

By Courtney L. Saylor
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult after he allegedly held down a man who was beaten with a baseball bat over the weekend.

Sharon police said Zachary Tubb, also known as Zachary Simpson, 205 Fourth Ave., Sharon, was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of robbery and reckless endangerment for the attack on a 19-year-old Sharon man.

Police were called at 11:07 p.m. Saturday after a group of people assaulted the man as he walked on Fourth Avenue, Chief Mike Menster said.

Some of the group knocked the man to the ground and hit and kicked him; Tubb held him down during the assault, police said.

Tubb also went through the man’s pockets as he was on the ground and took a pack of cigarettes and his cell phone, police said.

After the assault the victim got up and ran home, police said.

Menster said the man was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, for multiple broken bones in his face and a skull fracture. Police did not have an update on the man’s condition Thursday afternoon.

Police said Tubb was taken into custody Saturday night and placed in a juvenile detention facility.

After consulting the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office, police on Wednesday charged Tubb as an adult for his role in the crime.

Under Pennsylvania law, anyone older than 15 accused of certain crimes, including robbery and aggravated assault, can be charged as an adult, Menster said.

He said Tubb’s defense attorney may petition common pleas court to return the case to juvenile court.

Menster said police expect to charge others in the case but as of Thursday Tubb was the only one charged. His preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday before District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon.