- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in western Pennsylvania have withdrawn charges against two “Stop the Violence” organizers who were accused of having severely beaten a colleague.

District Attorney Gene Vittone said the charges were dropped after the man they were accused of beating didn’t show up in court Monday in Washington County for a preliminary hearing.

The 30-year-old defendants, Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, had been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy and disorderly conduct.

Police alleged that they beat their former roommate in October, accusing him of stealing their property, and he ended up having seizures.

Defense attorney Sam Pangburn told The (Washington) Observer-Reporter that Ardeno wants to get on with her life.

Attorney Robert Perkins said Velez was suspended without pay and the case was preventing his client “from making a living.”

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