ONE MAN became a weapon of Mass disruption at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Drexel Hill two weeks ago, when he punched a man in a dispute over a crying baby during a Sunday afternoon service, according to police.
After a nearly two-week investigation into the Oct. 20 incident, Upper Darby police charged Matthew von Siegel, 36, of Clifton Heights, with simple assault and harassment on Friday.
According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, von Siegel was attending the church's 4 p.m. Mass when he turned to say something to a woman about her crying baby.
The male victim, who did not know the mother and child, told von Siegel not to talk to the woman in that manner, Chitwood said. The confrontation escalated and the victim eventually said, " 'This ain't working out, I'm going to stand in the back of the church,' " according to Chitwood.