A local man has been charged in the alleged assault of a 70-year-old woman that reportedly occurred at Belfast Center Wednesday, Aug. 3.

According to records at the Belfast Police Department, 24-year-old Scott A. Hall was summoned on the assault charge shortly after the alleged incident, which police said took place around noon.

Belfast Police Chief Jeff Trafton said Hall, who shows a Belfast address on his summons, has recently been renting a home in Morrill.

Hall was reportedly at a business within the Belfast Center complex speaking with the woman, who he knows, when the conversation reportedly grew heated. Trafton said Hall told the responding officer, Patrolman Mike Rolerson, that the woman had reached over and slapped his shoulder and that he retaliated by pushing her. The woman fell to the floor as a result of Hall’s push, said Trafton.

Trafton said the alleged victim told Rolerson that she placed her hand on Hall’s shoulder, but that she never slapped him.

Because Rolerson determined that Hall used excessive force against the alleged victim, Trafton said, Hall was summoned on the assault charge.

The woman was reportedly taken to Waldo County General Hospital following the alleged incident, but Trafton said the woman’s injuries were neither serious nor life threatening.

Witnesses at the scene who were with the alleged victim at the time of the altercation corroborated the woman’s side of the story, Trafton said, while another witness who had been at the scene with Hall told Rolerson that Hall’s account was accurate.

Hall is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Sept. 20.