Suspect Charged After Assault on Police Officer
A man has been charged in connection with an assault that seriously injured a State College police officer this past weekend.
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.
At about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, a State College Police officer was at the corner South Atherton Street and West College Avenue when she reportedly witnessed what looked like a man urinating outside the old Arby's restaurant, according to court documents.
When the man walked past, the officer grabbed him by the strap of his backpack and asked for his name.
The suspect, later identified as Bednash, allegedly tried to get away from the officer.
The officer says she got tangled up in Bednash's backpack when he jerked away. The two fell to the ground where a struggle ensued.
Bednash allegedly pulled the officer into South Atherton Street, resulting in injuries to the officer's knees and left elbow. Bednash ran away but left his backpack behind. Bednash was identified after police received a search warrant allowing them to examine the backpack's contents.
The officer was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center and treated for a fractured left elbow and soft tissue injuries to her knees and left shoulder.