Paul Spadafora: “Ex-Champion Boxer” Accused of Assaulting Woman, 63, at Bar

Updated: April 8, 2016
Paul Spadafora: Ex-Champion Boxer Accused of Assaulting Woman, 63, at Bar

Paul Spadafora, a former boxing champion known as the Pittsburgh Kid who served time in prison for shooting his girlfriend in the chest, is again in trouble with the law.

Paul Spadafora was charged this morning with simple assault and harassment for throwing to the ground a 63-year-old woman he encountered in a Crafton tavern Monday afternoon.

Crafton Police Chief Mark Sumpter said he filed the charges first thing today with District Judge Dennis Joyce of Crafton. Paul Spadafora, 40, a McKees Rocks native who now resides in Pittsburgh’s Westwood neighborhood, spent time in state prison for shooting the mother of his child in October 2003.

A onetime International Boxing Federation lightweight champion, he lived in Erie for a time after his release from jail and was attempting to rebuild his boxing career. Since returning to the Pittsburgh area, he has had a few brushes with the law in recent years, pleading guilty to drunken driving in 2012.

In the recent incident, which occurred at 3:53 p.m. at the Redstone Tavern in Crafton, Chief Sumpter said witnesses told police officers that Paul Spadafora entered the bar and encountered the woman, a resident of Ingram. She is not being identified at her request, the chief said, because she told officers she fears for her safety.

“She was at the bar drinking a beer, At some point, he came in, he grabbed her hat then he put her in a semi-headlock. She went outside to call the police and that’s when he threw her to the ground outside,” the chief recounted, noting that while he had the woman restrained in the bar, he began drinking her beer.

By the time police arrived, Paul Spadafora had left the scene, the chief said, so the charges against him will be sent to him by summons. He said filing charges by summons would be typical in this type of case. The assault charge is a misdemeanor and the harassment charge is a summary. The chief said the degree (or severity) of the charge could be adjusted because of the age of the victim but he said is uncertain at this point.

The woman had scrapes to her knees and hands but refused medical treatment, the chief said.