ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — A local man is behind bars after his family says he was assaulted in front of his young daughter by an angry ex-girlfriend wielding a metal pipe.
The woman has not been charged and his family now believes he’s the victim of a flawed criminal justice system.
Justin Lindsey, 24, has been lodged in the Beaver County Jail for nearly a week. He is facing charges of simple assault and harassment.
His mother, Twila Lindsey, has been making dozens of phone calls and knocking on doors, trying to get him out of jail before next week when he may lose his job because of his absence.
The irony is that Lindsey was charged after he was attacked with a metal pipe by his former girlfriend, Rhameicka Clark, who showed up at his Aliquippa home a week ago.
We spoke to Clark overnight, she claims she asked Lindsey to give her the child back since it was not his visitation time. She claims he said “no” and would return the child the following morning.
Clark became outraged when she and her cousin drove to his home and saw Lindsey was on the porch with their young daughter and another woman.
“The mother drove up, seen the other woman, and she just snapped out,” said Justin’s mother.
Rhameicka says she has repeatedly asked Lindsey not to keep their daughter around other women, and she claims he agreed to that.
The two exchanged words and insults. Rhameicka Clark said she spit on Lindsey. She claims he then punched her. The former girlfriend picked up a metal pipe and started swinging it at Lindsey, knocking his cell phone out of his hand.
Clark left Lindsey’s house, but she didn’t go home, she went immediately to authorities.
“She has not been charged because she told them that he did this assault to her,” said Twila. “She called a 24-hour magistrate on Friday, and he gave her a PFA, and told Aliquippa Police to pick my son up.”
He used his phone to videotape the assault, but his mother says police refused to look at the video when she and her husband brought their son to the Aliquippa Police Station where charges were filed.
“Me and his dad went with him to turn himself in to the police. They refused to look at the video, refused to hear his side,” Twila said.
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