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SHARPSVILLE — A Sharon man was charged with aggravated assault after what started as a parking lot fight between two suspects culminated with a police officer punched in the head.

In addition to aggravated assault, Giovanni Anselee York, 35, of 347 E. Connelly Blvd, Sharon, was charged with making terroristic threats, resisting arrest, institutional vandalism, simple assault and criminal mischief for his role in the incident. 

Donald Eugene Keller, 31, of 395 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township, was charged with simple assault.

According to a criminal complaint, Sharpsville police responded at 5:05 p.m. Sunday to a domestic call at Sharpsville Gardens apartments, where they found Keller and York standing in the parking lot outside the town homes.

Police said four witnesses reported that the two men fought, with the altercation starting in a car and continuing in the parking lot. York later confirmed the witness testimony to arresting officers.

Keller was approached by officers first, and pointed to York as the other person involved in the fight. Police said Keller appeared to have marks on his neck, suggesting he was choked.

When officers approached, York told them his name was “G” and walked away, according to the affidavit. He then ignored officers’ commands to stop and instead “began to accost” a woman who was still sitting in the car where the fight started.

At that point, police said, they tried to handcuff York, who pulled his wrists away and continued resisting until Hermitage police arrived to help.

Officers told Keller to sit on a curb while they spoke to York, but Keller ran from the scene instead, according to the affidavit. He was later found by a Hermitage officer and taken back to the parking lot.

When officers put York into a squad car, police said he tried to kick out the vehicle’s windows. Police transferred him to a Hermitage vehicle equipped with bars on the windows.

York was taken to the regional lockup at Farrell Police Department. Police said he punched an officer as he was being processed, which caused a cut on the officer’s forehead.

Keller and York have has a preliminary hearings scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, before District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon. Both men were released Wednesday on $25,000 bond each.

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