Police: Man crashes car through convenience store door, assaults ex-girlfriend



WASHINGTON, Pa. - Police arrested a man Tuesday morning accused of purposely crashing his car into a Washington Township convenience store and assaulting the clerk, who was his ex-girlfriend.

According to the police report, 23-year-old David Cass Jr., of Plum, showed up at the BP Fueland on Route 380 about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said Cass’s ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Amber Lewis, locked the doors when she saw Cass arrive. Cass then backed his car up and smashed into the store’s doors.

"While she was on the phone with our 911 dispatch center she advised them that he was backing out of the lot and the next thing she relayed that he had rammed the car into the front of the building," Washington Township police Chief Scott Slagle said.

The report said he then got out of his car, punched Lewis in the face and slammed her head off the ground before fleeing the scene in the car.

"He punched her in the face, grabbed her by her head and slammed her head off the ground numerous times," Slagle said.

While conducting their investigation, police said they spotted Cass’s car driving nearby. Officers gave pursuit and stopped the vehicle about one mile from the convenience store.

Channel 11's Brandon Hudson spoke with Lewis after she was released from the hospital.

"Only certain parts hurt physically. But emotionally, I have been crying on and off all day," Lewis said. "I thought he was going to kill me."

She said Cass became enraged after they got in an argument and she refused to answer her phone.

 "Next thing I know he rammed the car into the doors. I was in the corner end. He jumped over the counter and started attacking me," said Lewis.

Cass when then taken into custody without incident. He’s facing several charges, including aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.