Man Charged in Connection to Assault of Police Officer Waives Hearing
The man charged in connection with an assault that injured a State College Police officer waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, according to Centre County Court records.
Brandon Bednash, 19, of Scranton, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, one felony count of escape, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, along with other misdemeanor and summary offenses. He will now face trial in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.
At about 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 12, a State College Police officer stationed at the corner South Atherton Street and West College Avenue reportedly witnessed what looked like a man urinating outside the old Arby's restaurant. The officer grabbed the man by the strap of his backpack when he walked past her and asked for his name.
The suspect, later identified as Bednash, allegedly tried to get away from the officer.
The officer says when Bednash's jerked away she got caught in his backpack. The two eventually fell to the ground and a struggle ensued.
The officer was seriously injuried as a result of Bednash allegedly pulling her into South Atherton Street. She was treated for a fractured left elbow and soft tissue injuries to her knees and left shoulder.
Bednash ran away, leaving his backpack behind. Bednash was identified after police received a search warrant allowing them to examine the contents in the backpack.
Bednash is released on $150,000 unsecured bail.