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Couples’ Roadside Fight Leads to Arrest of Norristown Man

A Norristown man and his girlfriend were found in bad shape after a reported spat on Pawlings Road in Phoenixville.

Couples’ Roadside Fight Leads to Arrest of Norristown Man

According to Lower Providence Police, at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, officers responded to the 1500 block of Pawlings Road in Phoenixville for an unknown disturbance.

On the scene, police encountered Rahsaan Boynes, of the 1000 block of Willow Street, his girlfriend, Rolanda Speller, 27, of the 800 block of Kohn Street, and another male by a tan Buick on the northbound lane of Pawlings Road.

It was reported that Boynes and Speller were both observed to have injuries consistent with a physical fight. Further signs of an altercation were observed on the ground and on the driver’s side door of the car.

When interviewed by police, Boynes stated that he and Speller were involved in an argument over a girl in a Phoenixville club or bar. Boynes told police that he tried to avoid a fight by getting out of the car, but he was allegedly struck by Speller before he could. Boynes also told police that he threw a phone into the car, but was unsure if it had struck the girlfriend’s face.

Speller confirmed that she was driving home from an establishment in Phoenixville and listening to headphones when Boynes leaned over and grabbed the headphones off her head. That reportedly led to an increasingly heated verbal argument and ultimately she stopped the car on Pawlings Road.

Speller told police that Boynes exited the car and came over to the driver’s door and allegedly began fighting with her. She said she attempted to defend herself by kicking Boynes, who allegedly attempted to drag her from the car. She said that Boynes then threw a GPS or phone, which reportedly struck her on the left side of her face.

The affidavit reported that the couple continued to fight until police arrival.

Due to the nature of her injuries, Speller was taken by Lower Providence EMS to Einstein Medical Center for treatment.

Reported injuries for Boynes consisted of a scratch on his face and chest and abrasions on his wrists, where his girlfriend had allegedly kicked him.

According to a Lower Providence Police report, Boynes was arrested and processed before District Judge Andrea Duffy the following morning. He is being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. Bail was set at $2,000.

Speller was reportedly cited for harassment.

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