Man accused of attacking Girardville officer out of hospital, in jail
GIRARDVILLE - A man who was shot after assaulting a police officer Jan. 31 was released from the hospital Friday and jailed.
Carmen Almonti, 31, of 120 Line St., Girardville, was taken from Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, to the Schuylkill County Prison where he was arraigned on charges stemming from the 1:45 a.m. attack on Patrolman Melville Tomeo.
Almonti was arraigned on one felony count of aggravated assault, misdemeanor offenses including two counts of simple assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest and one summary count of harassment.
Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, set bail at $50,000 straight cash and scheduled a preliminary hearing for noon Friday.
State police Trooper Melissa Kyper of the Frackville station charged Almonti with the assault that occurred on the street outside of his home.
According to her criminal complaint, Kyper said Almonti began hitting Tomeo, who was responding to a domestic violence report, and refused commands to stop. Almonti was Tased and shot twice, police said.
Kyper said that when placed in handcuffs, Almonti continued to act belligerent, and during transport to Geisinger by ambulance, said he had consumed methamphetamine that night.
Tomeo was taken to a Pottsville hospital for treatment.