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Man continued assault after girlfriend turned the other cheek, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 25 2013 08:05:04 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man socked his girlfriend a second time when she tried to calm him down after he had shoved her out the door of their apartment and struck her in the head, officials said.

Trevor Gotthardt began manhandling his girlfriend in his apartment in the unit block of West Broad Street in Bethlehem at 2 a.m. Thursday, after becoming enraged over her correspondence on Facebook, officials said.

Gotthardt shoved her out the front door after the woman had packed her bags and then followed her outside and punched her in the left temple, knocking her to the ground, officials said.

Gotthardt punched the woman in her right temple when she tried to calm him and then chased her down when she tried to run away, grabbing her $400 iPhone and smashing it on the ground and scattering her belongings, officials said.

Gotthardt, 21, was arraigned on charges of assault, harassment, criminal mischief and theft and released on $8,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 2.