Monongahela man accused of shooting girlfriend’s cellphone

February 10, 2014

A Monongahela man faces several charges after allegedly shooting his girlfriend’s cellphone three times during an argument the two were having inside their home early Saturday.

Cody L. Robison, 24, of 117 Orange St., was charged by Monongahela police with aggravated assault, discharging a firearm inside an occupied structure, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and terroristic threats.

Police said Robison’s girlfriend, Samantha J. Bottone, came to the police station about 3 a.m. Saturday. Bottone, who was upset and crying, was holding a cellphone. When she handed the phone over to the officer, he saw three bullet holes.

Bottone, who police said is six months pregnant, told the officer that she was at home in bed when Robison came home intoxicated, and the two started to argue.

During the argument, he allegedly came back to the bedroom with a loaded handgun, chambered a round and was waving the gun around and yelling at Bottone before pushing her onto the bed.

Bottone told police the two wrestled around as he tried to get her cellphone from her. When he was able to get the phone, Robison allegedly threw it on the floor and fired three shots at it.

After talking with Bottone, police said they heard a knock at the back door of their station. When an officer opened the door, Robison allegedly was standing there holding a 9 mm Taurus handgun. Police said they disarmed him and took him into custody. They said there was a live round in the chamber and seven more rounds in the clip.

Robison reportedly told police that he was frustrated with his girlfriend, so he had gone out drinking. Police returned to the couple’s home, where they found bullet fragments.

Robison was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson and placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 18 before District Judge Mark Wilson.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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