Men arrested in Centerville assault case

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Two men were arrested early Sunday by Centerville police after one allegedly hit the other in the head with a tire iron, prompting his alleged victim to run him over with a car.


Kenneth Charles McCracken, 35, of Fort Orchard, Wash., is accused of hitting Anthony Bruno, 34, of 211 Malden Road, Centerville, in the head numerous times with a tire iron, causing a severe head injury. Bruno is accused of striking McCracken with a car, knocking him to the ground and then running him over.


Police were called about 12:25 a.m. to an area near a business on Malden for a report of a man run over by a vehicle. While en route, police learned the confrontation involved a husband, wife and ex-boyfriend.


When police arrived, McCracken told officers he stopped at the home of his former girlfriend, Jammie Bruno, to say goodbye because he was leaving town. Anthony Bruno, her husband, reportedly became agitated and started to chase after McCracken.


As McCracken fled in his vehicle, Bruno reportedly chased him on foot before stopping in a gravel pull-off. Police said McCracken told them Bruno started yelling and threatening him, so he grabbed a tire iron and hit Bruno in the head.


Jammie Bruno then arrived in her vehicle, police said. Her husband got into the driver’s seat and reportedly crashed into McCracken’s vehicle. McCracken said Bruno then put the vehicle in reverse, hitting McCracken in the legs and knocking him to the ground. Bruno then allegedly drove over McCracken before speeding off. Police found Bruno at his home.


McCracken refused medical treatment and was taken into custody. Bruno was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital, where he received stitches in his head before he was arraigned.


Both men were arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka. McCracken is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond. Bruno is charged with aggravated assault, attempted homicide by vehicle, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, reckless driving and careless driving. He was placed in jail on $25,000 bond. Preliminary hearings for the two men are scheduled for Dec. 16 before District Judge Joshua Kanalis.


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