Man charged with assault in alleged cavity search for drugs
MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man was arraigned Tuesday on assault charges related to a bizarre incident involving the alleged body-cavity search of his girlfriend for prescription medication.
Edward J. Shuder, 34, of 221 E. Sixth St., was charged by borough police with two counts of simple assault and charges of harassment and disorderly conduct. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Mount Carmel Borough Police Patrolman Jason Drumheller reported in court documents police received a call May 20 from a father wanting to report an assault involving his daughter. He placed his daughter on the phone, and she told police she was assaulted by Shuder and was at the hospital for treatment. After being seen at the hospital, the victim went to the Mount Carmel police station to give a statement.
She said she and Shuder resided together at Shuder's address. She said he was acting odd on the day of the alleged assault, which she said is typical when he is "under the influence of some type of stimulant or drug," police reported.
Shuder told the victim he wanted to go to his sister's residence on Vine Street. The victim told police she didn't want to go, but figured arguing was not worth the fight and went along. She took her 5-year-old son with her.
At the other residence, the victim and her son stayed on the porch while Shuder went inside. At one point, the boy needed to go to the bathroom, and mother and son went inside and walked upstairs.
When the victim went into the bathroom, Shuder darted in with her and told her to stay standing. Shuder then accused the victim of hiding something on her person and searched her for what he said was prescription medication.
Police do not believe the boy witnessed the assault.
Shuder's sister heard the commotion and called their mother for assistance. The two women detained Shuder so the victim could escape. Shuder broke free and, according to police, grabbed the victim downstairs and struck her in the face, back and arms.
Shuder was lured into the basement by his mother, while the victim left the residence with Shuder's sister. Before the sister could pull away, however, Shuder jumped in the back seat and further assaulted the victim while they drove to Shuder's father's residence. When the victim got out of the car, Shuder allegedly bodyslammed her into the mud and began to kick, stomp and punch her.
The victim got back into the vehicle, but Shuder stuck his arm inside the passenger side window and continued to assault the victim while she was leaving the scene, police said.
Police said the victim suffered bruising on her left bicep and a welt on her back and was bleeding.
Shuder was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, of Mount Carmel. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Jones.