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Man Charged with Assault After Allegedly Fighting Bar Staff, Police

by on October 23, 2017 4:06 PM

A Gallitzin man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly fought staff at a State College bar and kicked a police officer in the chest.

According to a criminal complaint, State College police were dispatched to Indigo nightclub at 11:57 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a fight in progress. Bar staff and an off-duty police officer had two men restrained on the sidewalk outside.

One of the men, Theodore E. Jones, 53, "was yelling about being in a fight with bouncers but his statements were inconsistent and incoherent," according to the complaint. Witnesses told police that Jones was fighting with bar employees and kicked one staff member in the head several times.

An officer told Jones he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Jones initially put his hands under his chest and refused to comply until another officer took out his Taser and told Jones he would be tased if he did not follow the order, according to the complaint.

Jones then reportedly began to scream about his stomach condition and that he couldn't breathe, so he was moved to a seated position on the sidewalk where EMTs began to evaluate him. Police said Jones had to be restrained during the evaluation and that he was yelling about not going to the hospital. When officers stood Jones up and attempted to walk him to a gurney, he reportedly planted his feet and pushed back against them. 

Police said Jones struggled with officers as they put him on the gurney, and as he was being strapped onto it he allegedly kicked one of the officers in the chest. A hobble was place on Jones' legs, and he continued to struggle with EMTs until he was put in the back of an ambulance to be transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Jones was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, misdemeanor counts of simple assault and resisting arrest, and summary counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. 

He was arraigned on Sunday morning before District Judge Steven Lachman and unsecured bail was set at $20,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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