Police: Fairview Twp. family fight leads to charges
A family fight in a Fairview Township home led to charges for both a son and a father, according to authorities.
Fairview Township Police said Daniel M. Hocker, 39, assaulted his wife, and in turn, his 19-year-old son Dakota McLean Hocker assaulted him.
Daniel Hocker is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. His son is charged with simple assault and harassment. They both live in a home in the 700 block of Salem Road.
Fairview Township Police said the two fought around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Incident: Police said Daniel Hocker and his wife had been arguing and drinking most of the day, and Dakota Hocker was in his room trying to avoid them.
Dakota Hocker heard what sounded like a physical altercation and found his mom lying on the porch calling for help, charging documents state.
He brought his mother back inside and confronted his father about what happened, causing them to argue, officials said. Dakota Hocker then struck his father, causing a fight between them, court documents allege.
Daniel Hocker suffered a laceration above his right eye as well as a bloody nose, officials said. He also had a bite mark on his right arm, officials said.
Dakota Hocker, police said, had a bloody nose and minor bruising on his forehead.
Daniel Hocker's wife told police that she had made a comment to her husband that made him upset, causing him to attack her, court documents allege.
She also told authorities that during the altercation she suffered an injury to her wrist, but she would not tell police what had happened, officials said.
Daniel Hocker's wife's wrist was swelling and started to bruise, court documents state. Those documents state her wrist appeared to be broken.
The father and son were taken to the county's central booking unit for arraignment.
Dakota Hocker remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail. Daniel Hocker remains free after posting $10,000 bail.
Phone numbers could not be found for the two. They do not have attorneys listed.
Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.
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