George M. Kmetz

George M. Kmetz

A Meadville man will go to trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas for an alleged hammer attack on a woman last month.

George M. Kmetz, 43, of 334 1/2 North St. waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges filed by Meadville Police Department for the attack Aug. 27 at a city apartment.

Kmetz is charged by police with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and three summary counts of harassment and summary counts of disorderly conduct, damage to police property and drunkenness prohibited.

Kmetz hit the woman in the head and left hand with a hammer at the apartment shortly before 6 p.m. Aug. 27, according to the criminal complaint police filed.

Kmetz fought with the woman in an upstairs hallway of the building at 334 North St., causing the woman’s child to run to the Country Fair store across the street to seek help, the complaint said.

The woman was released after treatment at Meadville Medical Center.

Kmetz also is accused of spitting on two Meadville police officers, the complaint said.

By waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on Tuesday, Kmetz automatically was ordered held for trial on all charges. He now is scheduled to go on trial during the January 2020 term of county criminal court.

Kmetz was released Tuesday from the Crawford County jail in lieu of $50,000 unsecured bond as he awaits the trial.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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