Officer injured in Jenkins incident

November 28, 2012

YATESVILLE – A Jenkins Township police officer was injured while arresting a man who told the officer he'd better get back up 'cause there is going to be a problem, according to charges filed.

Kevin Peterson, 28, of Lampman Street, Avoca, was arrested while police from several municipalities were investigating a disturbance at a residence on Stout Street on Sunday.

Police allege Peterson refused police commands to leave the area and fought with officer James Scott, who was treated at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for a knee injury.

Peterson was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse upon official order and harassment. He remained jailed Tuesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police investigated a disturbance involving Peterson and two women on Stout Street. Police told Peterson to leave a residence and he got into a woman's vehicle without permission.

Police instructed Peterson to leave the area and he refused. He told Scott, You are the only cop standing here. You better call for backup 'cause there is going to be a problem, the complaint says.

Peterson resisted arrest and struggled with Scott, who fell and injured his knee.

Officers from other police departments helped apprehend Peterson. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Dec. 4.