Donora man convicted of assaulting state constable, hospital workers

December 13, 2013
Shaun Rosario

The Donora man accused of assaulting Mon Valley Hospital workers and a state constable while trying to escape from custody was found guilty Thursday night on most of the charges.

Shaun D. Rosario, 34, was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault, four counts of simple assault, two counts each of terrorist threats, false imprisonment and unlawful restraint and one charge of assault by a prisoner.

The jury returned its verdict about 8 p.m. Thursday in Washington County Judge John DiSalle’s courtroom. The jury found Rosario not guilty on a separate aggravated assault charge, along with charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Rosario’s sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Donora police said they found Rosario passed out on Sycamore Way May 9, 2011, and took him to Mon Valley Hospital in Carroll Township for treatment for an apparent drug overdose. Township police said Rosario caused a scene in the critical care unit the following day, ripping off his clothes and pulling out tubes and monitoring equipment hospital staff placed on his body.

Police said he also grabbed a hospital employee and used her as a shield while keeping three staff members against their will inside the room.

After hospital security workers subdued Rosario, police said they called Constable Walter Fronzaglio to transport him to Washington County jail on a probation violation. Rosario had been handcuffed and shackled to the floor in the back seat of the constable’s van when he somehow managed to free himself while they were traveling on Interstate 70 in Somerset Township.

State police accused him of grabbing Fronzaglio, who was 71 years old at the time, by the neck and trying to steal his .40-caliber Glock handgun. The van then flipped onto its side and slid along the berm of the highway. Fronzaglio exited the vehicle and tried to pull out Rosario, who then stabbed him in the leg with an eight-inch knife Fronzaglio kept in a box between the van seats.

A trucker stopped and came to Fronzaglio’s defense, pinning Rosario to the ground until state police arrived. Police also found a pistol magazine for Fronzaglio’s weapon in one of Rosario’s pants pockets after they took him to the barracks.

Rosario attempted to present an insanity defense over his claims the drugs Mon Valley Hospital gave him to counteract a drug overdose left him with no memory of the events that led to his arrest that day.

However, DiSalle Nov. 27 refused to allow the defense because the request for a “diminished capacity or voluntary intoxication defense” did not meet court standards in such cases.

The jury began deliberating late Thursday afternoon following the two-day trial.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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