A man who is in Fayette County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges of impersonating a public servant was charged again Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a guard.
Justin Gerald Bendo, 44, of Uniontown allegedly punched a guard in the mouth with steel handcuffs while he was in the medical room at the jail Tuesday afternoon.
The guard was identified in court paperwork only as Lt. Brownfield. Another guard corroborated Brownfield’s account, according to the criminal complaint filed by Uniontown City Police.
Bendo is charged with assault by prisoner, aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael Metros, who set bail at $25,000.
In August, Bendo was charged with forgery and two counts of impersonating a public servant for allegedly impersonating a cop in an attempt to buy AR-15s and posting a fake federal warrant for a magistrate. He allegedly tried to buy AR-15 style rifles from Ross Brothers six or seven times, changing his identity each time. When the store owner told Bendo he had to leave, Bendo allegedly claimed to be a “Brownsville SWAT officer.” He was charged again for allegedly posting a fraudulent federal warrant for Magisterial District Judge Michael Metros at Fayette County Central Court. He identified himself on the fake warrant with his name and “Brownsville SWAT,” police said.