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Clymer Man Allegedly Assaults 6 Police Officers

By Trina Orlando
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(Credit: KDKA)

(Credit: KDKA)

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.

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