Pennsylvania – Police have charged a man for assaulting a child and the child’s mother after he got hit with a water balloon.
According to reports, after a 9-year-old boy hit 33-year-old Joe Mongeon with a water balloon, Mongeon laughed and said, “Good one, kid!”
With his shirt soaked and water dripping from his face, Mongeon called a time out and the two sat side-by-side on the sidewalk. As they each enjoyed a Coke and let the sun dry them off, the pair laughed together as they watched other kids continuing the water fight.
Later, when the boy was much older, this would be one of those pleasant, simple memories that stick around for no particular reason, usually recalled on warm, summer days while playing similar games with his two sons.
As they dodged in and out of a sprinkler while trying, half-heartedly, not to get hit by the water from the hose he was wielding, it would bring him back to that day with Mongeon and the water balloons, reminding him of a simpler time in his life when things seemed full of a innocence and wonder that he had long outgrown.
Oh wait, no. That’s a boring story. In reality, after getting hit with the water balloon, Mongeon chased after the boy and pushed him to the ground before kicking and stomping on him. According to the complaint, when the boy’s mother tried to stop Mongeon from beating her son, he punched her in the face and then ran away.
Mongeon was tracked down to the house where he was staying and arrested on two charges of simple assault and harassment. He told police that the boy had provoked him by hitting him with a water balloon, but neighbors say that’s bullshit and that it was Mongeon who threw a water balloon first.
Mongeon was out of jail on Monday on $5,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in court next week. The boy’s mother said she will be there when he appears, asking prosecutors to charge Mongoen with more serious crimes. Police say, in light of the circumstances, that it is entirely possible that Mongeon will face more charges even though neither of the victims were seriously injured.
“It is definitely unusual, and definitely disturbing that an adult would attack a nine-year-old child, kick him to the ground, and then attack the mother that comes to intervene and help her child,” said Scranton Police Captain Carl Graziano.Tags: Assault, Crime, Joe Mongeon, Pennsylvania, water balloon