Journal Register News Service

PHOENIXVILLE -- A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to Dec. 31 for a Phoenixville woman, who police said attacked a male relative and kicked him in the head 10 times last week.

Mary Rose Chuko, 21, of the 500 block of Emmett Street, Phoenixville, was to face charges of felony aggravated assault; simple assault; terroristic threats; harassment; burglary; and criminal trespass before District Judge Ted Michaels in district court Thursday morning.

However, her preliminary hearing was continued to Dec. 31, and a bail hearing was held instead.

Michaels originally arraigned her on Dec. 11 and remanded her to Chester County Prison in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. He has since reduced her bail to ten percent of $15,000 cash, and it has not been posted as of presstime.

According to court documents, Officer Matthew Fusco said he responded to a report of an assault with injuries along the 500 block of Rhoades Street around 10 a.m. Dec. 10.

The male victim met police outside and told them that Chuko had assaulted him, police said.

"He said he had to go next door and call 911 because Chuko ripped the phone out of the wall," Fusco said. "I observed the victim had lacerations to his bottom lip and was bleeding. The victim stated he thinks his nose was broken."

The victim told police that Chuko came to his house on two separate times and assaulted him.

"He said that Chuko came through the back door the first time, and accused him of getting her sister arrested," Fusco said. "The victim said Chuko began to punch him and then she left to go to her residence."

Chuko's residence is directly behind the victim's house, court documents state.

The victim said he was informed that Chuko was destroying everything in her own home, so he locked the back and front doors of his house.

"He said that he was sitting on the couch in the front of his house when he heard someone trying to get in the back door but they were unable to gain entry," Fusco said. "He said he heard someone pulling on the locked front storm door, and then he heard the glass from the door break."

The victim told police that Chuko came through the door and began to assault him again by punching and kicking him.

"He said he was able to get up off the ground and run next door to call police," Fusco said. "Chuko went into

his living room, started destroying his Christmas decorations and ripped the phone out of the wall."

A witness informed police that Chuko attacked the victim, and while he was on the ground, she kicked him in the head about ten times.

"The witness said that Chuko was saying she was going to kill him as she was kicking him," Fusco said.

Chuko is no stranger to law enforcement authorities, as she currently has two active cases in Berks County from May of this year on retail theft and disorderly conduct charges.

She has also been arrested numerous times since 2001, and has pled guilty to charges of harassment and disorderly conduct seven times in 2009.

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