Police: Red Lion man beaten, kicked in face by cousin


A Red Lion man suffered serious injuries when he was punched and kicked in the face by his Adams County cousin, according to state police.

Patrick Lewis Farmer, 44, of Faith Lane, suffered a broken jaw and a fractured sinus wall during Saturday's attack, as well as bruises on his face, ears, neck, arm and shoulder, charging documents state.

Police said Farmer indicated the attack was unprovoked.

His cousin, John Dean Coleman, remains free on $40,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn't have to post any money to be released but could forfeit that amount if he misses court proceedings.

Coleman, 34, of 520 Gun Club Road near York Springs, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

He was arraigned on the charges Wednesday by District Judge John H. Fishel, who set a preliminary hearing date of Oct. 15, according to court records.

The allegations: Charging documents state Coleman punched Farmer in the face multiple times.

When Farmer fell to the ground, Coleman kicked him in the face three times, documents allege.

Coleman then put his hands around Farmer's neck and started to choke him, saying something to the effect of, "I couldn't believe I didn't knock you out," documents allege.

While Farmer was being interviewed by state police at York Hospital, he repeatedly vomited blood, charging documents state.

"It was apparent the victim was in serious bodily pain," police wrote in charging documents.

Coleman could not be reached for comment. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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