Spring City woman charged in barbell assault

ROYERSFORD — Formal charges have been filed against a Spring City woman who was taken into police custody a week ago after allegedly hitting a man in the head with a barbell, stealing his money and cell phone and fleeing from police.

Court papers revealed that Donna Spencer, 45, of the 800 block of Cypress Ave., Spring City, not only struck the victim, a resident of Golden Age Manor, over the head with a 25-pound barbell, but she also allegedly stole $500 in cash from him and pulled a “silver-bladed with wooden handle knife on him.”

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Royersford Officer John O’Keefe, police were called to the Golden Age Manor where the victim told them Spencer arrived at his residence around 11:30 a.m. and asked him for a small loan. When the victim declined her request, Spencer allegedly “became upset and struck him over the back of his head” with the barbell. Spencer then allegedly took $500 out of the victim’s pocket then “pulled” the knife on the victim. The victim suffered a laceration to the back of his head and had to have seven staples in his head to close the wound.

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Police searched the area looking for Spencer, tracking her with a K-9 and officers from several departments, however, they were not able to locate her. Police wrote in criminal complaint that they “utilized” methods of tracking Spencer and were lead to Phoenixville. Police said Spencer was seen inside the Primo Pizza place, where she fled out the door and was apprehended by police at the rear of the West End Fire Company.

Spencer was in Royersford police custody Wednesday evening and a fugitive from justice from Chester County Adult Probation. She was not immediately charged with regard to the alleged assault, but charges were filed after she admitted to police that she assaulted the victim and fled to the Spring City Hotel. Spencer told police she was at the bar of the hotel when she overheard a receptionist there say her name while on the phone, and Spencer “knew the cops were looking for her,” and she fled.

Spencer is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and robbery, as well as counts of possessing an instrument of crime, theft, receiving stolen property, and drug offenses after she was found in possession of marijuana when she was taken into police custody.

Following an arraignment before on-call District Judge Harold Borek, Spencer was jailed at county prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 2 before District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki.

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