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Police Say Phoenixville Man Assaulted Kitten, Its Owner, Then Them

The man allegedly swung the kitten by its tail, then beat its owner till she couldn't speak.

A Phoenixville man was arrested last week after police say he assaulted a woman in his Bridge Street home, swung her kitten by its tail, and, when officers intervened, fought them too.

George Franklin Clark, 40, faces a laundry list of charges stemming from the alleged incident, including two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, and charges of cruelty to animals, resisting arrest, making terroristic threats, and disorderly conduct.

According to court documents, Phoenixville Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Bridge Street on October 2 at 6:41 p.m. for a reported physical domestic altercation.

When they arrived at the scene, the victim told police that the trouble started when Clark, for reasons that are unclear, choked her cat then began swinging it by its tail in the kitchen. When she tried to stop him, he began to hit her. She told police he beat her until she couldn’t walk or speak. Police noted she had clear injuries to her arms, neck, and head.

Clark was still in the apartment when police arrived and was, by the reckoning of the officers, obviously intoxicated. Despite this handicap, when they attempted to handcuff him and take him into custody, Clark fought back. Though an officer was injured in the struggle (the extent of the injury is unknown), Clark was taken to the floor and placed under control.

He was arrested, preliminarily arraigned, and confined to Chester County Prison when he was unable to post $50,000 bail.

Clark faces formal arraignment on October 25. 

Laura Schwartz October 12, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Is the kitten safe? Our rescue will take it to keep it from harm.
You Wish October 12, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Um - I love how Tom leads with the Kitten being assaulted, when the woman in the story was beaten to a pulp. Also - are we in the deep south? "...by the reckoning of the officers..."
Ed Roper October 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Ahem. Reckon is very much a British word, thank you very much. But I reckon you do not know much of the King's English. :)
Ramona Moreland October 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The care and concern for the kitten over the woman is heart-warming. Should we assume that the woman was treated for her injuries? Hopefully, they are not life-threatening? And while I'm at it, just what exactly is a laundry list? Has anyone actually ever written or seen one? Just sayin'.
Sarah Hoffman October 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM
How is the kitten? That's horrible. OMG...
Rachel Ambrose October 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
:)) Ramona you make me smile
Barry Cassidy October 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
terrible about the woman...although it is sad the kitten was swung by the tail...i believe the woman should have been the primary focus
harry finster October 13, 2012 at 02:02 AM
put the bars around phoenixville
Cliff Story October 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Well, I like Tom's writing style. He took it in chronological order, it seems to me: the guy started on the kitten, then got going on the woman, and had some left for the police. Of course we wish no women, kittens, or cops were harmed in the making of this story, but this is the stuff that happens. Tom's description of the drunk driver attempting to ram a police car in reverse at 10 mph last week had me splitting a gut. I say he's doing a great job.
Kelley October 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Who came first, the chicken or the egg? Jeeeepers folks relax a little will ya,all victims and perp got mentioned....
Ike October 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I alwys say that God make the life form first. So its the chicken. Yes ,,correct.
Mr. Ed October 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Yes, HE knows what to do first. He also made the horse before HE made the cart.
david jacobson October 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM
My concern is for both the woman & the kitten.. I see them equally as victims of this atrocity.. Oh & yes the term "reckon" is a part of the English vernacular.. the word is often used in classical English literature..
anonymous November 30, 2012 at 04:43 AM
The guy that wrote this needs to get his facts and story correct before he wrote this bull

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