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Man accused of abusing girlfriend sees bond increased

SAXONBURG — Bond for a Lyndora man accused of abusing his girlfriend increased after new information came to light at a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.

Bradley Borg, 32, appeared virtually before District Judge Sue Haggerty. He waived his right to preliminary hearings in two cases filed against him, although bond was discussed extensively between both prosecutors and the defense.

At the time of his appearance, Borg was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond between two cases, a probation detainer and an out-of-county arrest warrant. At its conclusion, his bond was increased to a combined $40,000, with a condition remaining that he would not contact his accuser.

In a case filed Nov. 12, Borg is accused of beating his girlfriend at her home. He is charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanors of simple assault, unlawful restraint and terroristic threats.

Borg was arrested and arraigned Dec. 8, at which time he was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, which included conditions to have no contact with the girlfriend.

In a case filed Jan. 3, Borg is accused of again beating and strangling his girlfriend, as well as running from and resisting police. He is charged with felony strangulation and aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor simple assault and resisting arrest.

Borg has remained in Butler County Prison since his arraignment Jan. 3 on the second case.

Regarding bond, public defender Ryan Helsel tried to argue that the amount is enough to keep Borg in jail, but Assistant District Attorney David Beichner disagreed and submitted evidence of indirect contact between Borg and the girlfriend.

“She showed me messages on her phone that I would like to make you aware of at this time,” Beichner said.

The judge silently read the messages, but read aloud the phone number to Borg.

“I have no clue who that is,” Borg said.

In addition to the new messages, a Buffalo Township Police officer told the judge that one of the responding officers in the second case has been hospitalized due to injuries suffered during the chase.

Haggerty said both were a factor in increasing the bond.

“Had Mr. Borg not acted by fleeing, the officer would not have been hurt while chasing him,” she said. “I’m sure that phone number can be verified through search warrant too.”

On Dec. 31, Borg allegedly initially ran from police from Butler Health System FasterCare, where his girlfriend was being treated for injuries he is accused of causing.

According to charging documents, Borg was asked by staff to leave the room while they spoke with the girlfriend about how she received the injuries. Police said she told staff Borg had assaulted her, and officers were requested.

“(The responding officer) noted that upon his arrival he noticed a male pacing in front of the FasterCare, who he identified by sight as Bradley Borg,” said the investigating officer in the affidavit.

Police said upon seeing officers, Borg ran and they continued to speak with the girlfriend, who said Borg had punched her in the face multiple times and strangled her.

“Afterward, Borg took (the girlfriend) to the FasterCare for treatment, where he was trying to convince her to lie about how the injuries had occurred,” police said.

Police said multiple units later responded to the area of the Freeport Area High School football field, where Borg had been reportedly seen. Police said Borg again ran, this time into a wooded area between Monroe Road and Rosebrook Assisted Living.

“(One officer) began to pursue Mr. Borg on foot,” police said. “(The officer) fell and injured his foot.”

For both cases, Borg will next appear for a formal arraignment March 8 in Butler County Common Pleas Court.