INDIANA (KDKA) — A Clymer man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted six Indiana police officers outside of an IUP fraternity house.
James O’Brien, 20, was asked to leave a private event at the Theta Chi fraternity house when he tried to start a fight with some members of the house.
Two police officers, including officer Tom Dessell, tried to break up the fight, but O’Brien became combative. O’Brien put Dessell’s partner in a choke hold, so Dessell called for backup.
Six officers were assaulted before O’Brien was taken into custody. Police say O’Brien is a black belt in a Brazilian martial arts.
Dessell says none of the officers was seriously injured, but this is still a serious incident.
The injured officers were treated and released from a local hospital.
O’Brien was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, harassment, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and underage drinking.
He was taken to the Indiana County Jail and later released on $30,000 straight cash bond.