Soldiers accuse Unity man of closing doors to prevent woman from fleeing after combat

A Unity man is accused of closing the doors to his home to prevent a woman he allegedly assaulted on New Years Day from leaving, state police reported.

Irvin Scott Achhammer, 27, is accused of pushing a woman against a railing and hitting her with a lighter during an argument around 3 p.m. Friday inside his home on Route 982 near Baggaley Private Nicholas Moore said in court documents. When the woman threatened to leave because she feared further abuse, she told the soldiers that Achhammer had recovered a drill “to close all the doors in order to prevent the victim from fleeing the residence,” Moore reported.

Achhammer was arrested on Saturday on charges of harassment and unlawful duress filed.

Moore said the woman went to the State Police barracks in Greensburg on Saturday to file a report, saying she had to wait until Achhammer fell asleep to call for help and leave.

In 2017, state police arrested Achhammer on charges of harassment, common assault and strangulation for assaulting a woman, court records show. He pleaded guilty on January 22, 2019 and was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in prison, according to records. The harassment and strangulation charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Court records show he was released on parole in September.

In 2014, Achhammer served six days in the county jail for violating an abuse protection order, court records show.

He has an extensive case dating back to 2012 in the county for burglary, petty drug offenses and theft, according to court records online.

Court records indicate that Achhammer has another preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 18 before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady on a theft charge filed last year.

In the new case, Achhammer was taken into custody in the county jail on $ 50,000 bail, court records online show.

He did not have a lawyer listed in court documents.

Paul Peirce is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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