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Debate About Basketball Players Leads to Felony Assault Charges

by on April 20, 2015 1:06 PM

A State College man faces a slew of charges after getting arrested twice on the same day.

Police say they first encountered Daniel Mondelice, 22, at his residence shortly before 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. Police were responding to a call about an assault at a Calder Way apartment.

Witnesses reportedly told police that Mondelice and another man had been debating whether LeBron James or Michael Jordan was a better basketball player, but the argument soon grew heated.

The victim, who reportedly tried to avoid a fight with Mondelice, told police that Mondelice broke a glass bottle over his head. Police say the victim had fresh bruises and cuts on face and neck. Investigators say Modelice continued to threaten the victim's life as the man pulled broken glass from his neck.

Police located Mondelice and arrested him on felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of making terroristic threats and simple assault. Mondelice was released on $30,000 unsecured bail, but police say that wasn't the last time they had to deal with him. 

Later that same day, police responded to a report that Mondelice was trespassing on private property. According to court documents, Mondelice went to his girlfriend's old apartment on Sunday afternoon because he couldn't return to his own apartment due to the alleged assault that had occurred earlier in the day.

Although his girlfriend no longer lived at the East College Avenue apartment, he reportedly asked his girlfriend's friends and former roommates if he could stay there. The women later told police that they were uncomfortable with Mondelice being there "because of violent tendencies in the past," according to court documents.

When one of the women asked Mondelice to leave, he reportedly went on a profanity-laced tirade and refused. Officers say he left after the roommates called the police. Officers caught up with Modelice and arrested him a second time, charging him with felony trespassing and misdemeanor harassment.

Mondelice is currently being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility while awaiting a preliminary hearing on Wednesday for both sets of charges.

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