State Rep. Jake Wheatley and his fiancee were arrested this morning and charged with simple assault after a domestic dispute over child care expenses for their infant.
According to a criminal complaint, Pittsburgh officers went to their Hill District home about 8:20 a.m. Angela Mike told officers that Mr. Wheatley, 40 and a Democrat, had thrown water on her face, grabbed her by her arms and pushed her to the floor.
When she tried to get up, according to the report, he pushed her to the floor again causing two minor scrapes to the woman's left hand. She told police Mr. Wheatley then began scattering things around the kitchen while she called 911. Mr. Wheatley left.
The report notes that the kitchen floor was "soiled with condiments."
While officers were investigating, Mr. Wheatley returned to the home. He had a scrape to his left knee with slight bleeding, according to the criminal complaint.
Mr. Wheatley told police that he and Ms. Mike were arguing over child care when she became angry and charged at him.
"He defensively grabbed Mike from charging him and pushed her away where he says Mike slipped on the floor," police wrote.
Mr. Wheatley said Ms. Mike then retrieved keys from the floor and struck him in the left knee.
"Wheatley Jr. stated that he left the residence to cease any further violent encounter with Mike," the complaint said.
Based on the couple's stories and their injuries, the officer charged both Mr. Wheatley and Ms. Mike with simple assault. They refused medical treatment and were taken to the Allegheny County Jail.
Ms. Mike's sister took custody of their 4-month old son.
Mr. Wheatley was first elected to the Pennsylvania House in 2003.