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Penn State Student Charged With Attempting to Steal Officer's Weapon

by on May 23, 2013 12:25 PM

A Penn State student faces felony charges after police were called to the University Park Airport for an emotional crisis. That crisis quickly took a potentially dangerous turn.

Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham said Roman Benty was charged with felony disarming a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor resisting arrest and summary harassment and disorderly conduct. 

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on April 13. Benty attempted to jump out of his mother's moving car, police said, and he took off running.

Officers were trying to identify him, but Benty resisted by kicking and shoving officers. He was arrested and handcuffed and taken to the hospital, Parham said, where Benty continued to be aggressive.

Benty fought with security guards and police, and eventually tried to grab an officer's handgun, Parham said. 

Parham said Benty was not formally charged until Wednesday, when he was arraigned before District Judge Daniel Hoffman and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. 

Benty has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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