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Harleysville Man Assaults Girlfriend's Longtime Friends at Molly Maguire's: Police

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A Lower Salford Township man is facing simple assault charges after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend's longtime friends inside Molly Maguire's in Lansdale on Aug. 9 -- breaking the man's nose -- because he thought one of them was putting the moves on her, police said.

Matthew Dominic Romano, 33, of the 600 block of Store Road, is charged with two misdemeanor counts each of simple assault and disorderly conduct and two summary counts of harassment, according to court records.

Police received a call from the manager of Molly Maguire's at 10:41 p.m. Aug. 9 about an alleged assault. 

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Officers met with one of the alleged victims, who stepped outside with an ice pack and gauze on his nose, police said. Blood was also on his right arm and face. The alleged victim's friend was also hit in the face when he tried to break up the fight, police said.

Both men declined EMS treatment and drove themselves to Lansdale Hospital.

The alleged victims told police that they are roommates, and upon entering Molly Maguire's, they saw the girlfriend of Romano, who is their longtime friend, police said.

The two hung out with Romano and his girlfriend until 10:30 p.m. The man with the broken nose had leaned in to give the woman a goodbye hug, and Romano then allegedly began striking the man repeatedly, police said.

The man was knocked to the ground and Romano allegedly punched him at least five times in the nose, police said. The man's roommate was also hit in the nose when breaking up the fight, police said.

A witness told police Romano had punched the man for no legitimate reason, police said.

Police called Romano and left a message. Romano called back, and when asked about the alleged fight, Romano said, "It was an unfortunate situation," police said.

Police asked Romano if he knew the guy he allegedly punched, and he said, "Yeah, I guess," police said.

Romano told police he believed the man he allegedly attacked may have been touching his girlfriend inappropriately, but he couldn't see his hands, police said.

"I can't erase what I did. I can't sugarcoat it," Romano allegedly told police.

The alleged victim was treated for a broken nose, a laceration to the nose, face contusions and a chest wall contusion, police said.

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