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Man Charged with Aggravated Assault After Allegedly Beating, Stabbing Woman

by on October 17, 2017 3:25 PM

A State College man is facing felony charges of aggravated assault and strangulation after allegedly beating, strangling and stabbing a woman in her apartment.

According to a criminal complaint filed on Monday, Ferguson Township Police became aware on Oct. 11 that a day earlier a woman had been seen with injuries to her face to the extent that she was nearly unrecognizable. Police learned that a friend took the woman to Mount Nittany Medical Center and spoke with her there. She reportedly told police at the time that the injuries were the result of wrecking her bike. An officer reported her head and face had severe trauma that was not consistent with falling off a bike and that she appeared to have been hit many times. 

On Sunday, after learning the woman had been transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, police spoke with her again and asked her if she wanted to provide any new information. She reportedly told police that the injuries were domestic-violence related and she did not tell police earlier, "Because the person that did it threatened to kill me and my family and I did not want that to happen."

Police said she identified the person responsible as Nicholas P. Harbadin, 27. She said she had dated Harbadin but broke up with him a month or two ago because he had a history of being violent toward her.

According to the complaint, the woman said that on the night of Oct. 9, she received a call from Harbadin who said he and others were  "going to come and beat the s--- out of you." He allegedly told her he would shoot her and police if she called 911.

Around 11:30 p.m., Harbadin arrived alone at her Ferguson Township residence and an argument ensued, police said. The woman reportedly said that Harbadin was upset about a fight with his father and blamed her for it. He allegedly then "proceeded to grab her by the hair and choke her out," causing her breathing to be restricted and bruises on her neck.

Harbadin dragged her outside and told her there were people waiting to kill her, police said, though the woman did not see anyone. He then allegedly walked her to the back of the building and repeatedly punched her in the face with a closed fist. Back inside the apartment Harbadin reportedly threw her on the ground and kicked her, then continued to strike her with a closed fist and his elbow.

The woman said the altercation moved to her bedroom, where she retrieved a knife and stabbed Harbadin. He allegedly took the knife from her and stabbed her in the back near her ribs. Harbadin then threatened to kill himself and proceeded to cut his own throat with the knife, saying "Look what you made me do," according to the complaint.

Harbadin left the apartment and went to a motel, police said. An officer located a State College Police report from Oct. 10 of a male at the motel who attempted suicide the previous night by cutting his throat with a knife. Harbadin reportedly told officers he no longer had the knife he used and had "ditched it far away."

Police said the woman's injuries included a collapsed lung, swollen and bruised eyes, cut and swollen lips, bruising on her neck, arms and torso and a puncture wound on her back.

Harbadin was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, one felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned on Monday night before District Judge Carmine Prestia and was unable to post $100,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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