Police: Heroin dealer who beat man with hammer in city arrested

City police nabbed alleged heroin dealer Jamal Andre Thomas on Monday night on an arrest warrant, charging him with allegedly assaulting another man with a hammer inside a studio at the Pajama Factory at Park Avenue and Cemetery Street.

Thomas 25, of 1113 Memorial Ave., was taken into custody in the 2600 block of West Fourth Street about 8:30 p.m. on charges of assaulting Dustin Onofre on the night of June 23.

Police were called to the area of the Pajama Factory about 7:30 that night to investigate a report of a “drug deal that went bad,” according to an affidavit filed by Patrolman Robert Williamson.

When officers approached the scene, two men, later identified as Thomas and Onofre, were seen running. Onofre was detained and questioned. As Thomas was running, he dropped a bag that contained 10 bundles of heroin, Williamson alleged in the affidavit.

Onofre said Thomas allegedly attacked him with a hammer in a studio inside the Pajama Factory, a studio Onofre claimed Thomas sublet to “stash” heroin.

Onofre claimed “baggies of heroin were being sold from the studio” and that Thomas “always had drugs in the studio,” Williamson said he was told.

Onofre said that he “saw baggies of heroin stashed in pillows on a futon,” Williamson said.

There is no information on whether Onofre required any medical attention for the injuries he suffered in the attack.

Police executed a search warrant at the studio that night. No drugs were found, only the hammer used in the alleged attack.

Following his arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and simple assault, Thomas was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

This latest drug incident involving the Pajama Factory comes just a little more than three months after a 21-year-old mother was found dead of a drug overdose in another studio inside the building, police said.