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A Tilden Township man has been charged with assaulting a 62-year-old man because he mistakenly believed the man was hunting on a neighbor’s property without the owner’s permission.

Tilden police said Monday they charged Robert Monger, 47, of the 400 block of Pine Road with simple assault and harassment and trespassing following an investigation of the Dec. 2 incident. Monger received a summons to appear for arraignment on a future date.

Police said the incident happened in the 400 block of Pine Road and caused the victim, a Hamburg-area man, to suffer a concussion.

According to police:

About 3:20 p.m., the victim was walking in a wooded area about 40 yards west of Pine Road. He had the property owner’s permission to check on possibly illegally placed hunting tree stands, and brought with him an unloaded rifle.

The victim heard someone yelling at him but could not make out what the person was saying. The yell came from Monger, who spotted the man in the woods while driving on Pine Road.

Believing he was acting on behalf of the property owner, Monger stopped his vehicle, got out and walked into the woods to confront the man.

Monger told the victim he was not allowed to hunt there or be on the property. The victim said he had obtained permission to be there.

Monger continued to tell the man to leave the property then rushed toward him and punched him in the face, knocking him down.

Monger got on top of the man and held him down briefly before getting up and telling the victim he was going to his truck to get his pistol.

The victim called 9-1-1 to report the assault. Monger left the scene but returned after police arrived.

The victim was later diagnosed with a concussion at a medical facility.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission assisted in the initial investigation.

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