Teens Charged with Beating Cranberry Boy Over Stolen Snowboard Head to Court
After waiving Friday's preliminary hearing, Chris Holden and Christopher Dahlstrom will be formally arraigned June 26 in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.
Two teens charged with beating up a 16-year-old Cranberry boy in March after he cooperated with authorities on an investigation into snowboards stolen from a local business are heading to court.
Chris Robert Holden, 18, of Northfield Drive in Cranberry, and Christopher Dahlstrom, 19, of Bristol Drive in Seven Fields, on Friday waived their rights to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge David Kovach. They will be formally arraigned June 26 in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Cranberry Township police, Holden and Dahlstrom pushed their way into the boy's home on Peters Road March 12 and began attacking him. The boy's parents were not home at the time.
The back of the 16-year-old’s head was lacerated, according to the complaint. He was taken to UPMC Passavant in Cranberry, where he received several staples.
The boy previously had bought a snowboard from Holden, which later was confirmed as stolen from Blackhole Boards on Peters Road in Cranberry.
According to the criminal complaint, Holden was upset the boy had identified him as the seller to police. Earlier that afternoon, a Cranberry detective had interviewed Holden about the snowboard, although he did not name the boy while speaking to Holden, the complaint said.
Holden then called Dahlstrom on his cell phone and asked him to come with him to the boy's home. During the beating, Holden threatened to stab the boy if he were to talk to police again, the complaint said.
The men also caused about $500 worth of damage to a wall inside the Peters Road home after shoving the boy into it.
Holden and Dahlstrom were each charged with simple assault, harassment with subjecting another person to physical contact, criminal trespass and criminal mischief with the intent to damage property.
Charges filed against the men for conspiracy to commit burglary and intimidation of a witness were reduced from felony to misdemeanor offenses in the incident. Burglary and criminal use of a communication facility charges were withdrawn.
Dahlstrom and Holden also were charged with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit theft for stealing more than sixteen custom snowboards from Blackhole Boards last September.
According to the criminal complaint filed April 20 by Cranberry police, Holden admitted to entering the business through a window Sept. 30 and stealing the snowboards. He said Dahlstrom assisted him with the burglary, according to the complaint.
The snowboards were recovered from Holden following a March 23 interview with police. The boards were confirmed as the ones stolen from Blackhole Boards last fall, complaint said.