Last updated: August 06. 2014 10:52PM - 1670 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — A city man allegedly bit a police officer on the thumb while police were trying to restrain him after he allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill another man.

Police were dispatched to the area of 171 Carlisle St. at about 1 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a domestic incident and met Louis Kaskey, who had suffered many abrasions and was bleeding from his hands and knees.

According to court papers, Kaskey told police that Lawrence Coyle was banging on the door of 171 Carlisle St., and Kaskey told him he didn’t belong at the residence. Coyle allegedly began walking away, then turned and charged at Kaskey, telling Kaskey he was going to kill him.

Kaskey said Coyle was holding a hammer but dropped it as they were struggling, and Coyle eventually left, court papers state.

Police located Coyle minutes later a few houses away, took him into custody and transported him to police headquarters. Police allege that Coyle was uncooperative when they tried to put him into a restraint chair and that he bit an officer on the thumb while officers were trying to restrain him.

Coyle, 34, of Grove Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with assault by a prisoner, simple assault, simple assault with fear of serious injury/intimidation and making terroristic threats. He was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

Unable to post $40,000 bail, Coyle was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. His preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday before Kane.

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