Suspect allegedly punches WB officer in face during domestic call

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A city police officer was punched in the face and wound up with a bloody nose while investigating a domestic disturbance on North Sherman Street on Monday, authorities say.

Police allege Donte Douglas, 32, of 38 N. Sherman St., Apt. 2, took an aggressive stance and punched an officer at about 6 p.m.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police responded to the North Sherman apartment for a domestic disturbance and heard yelling from the second floor of the building.

Douglas opened the door and was uncooperative, dismissing officers as he tried to close the door.

Police requested a woman in the apartment come outside to talk.

Douglas continued to be uncooperative and took a few steps back.

He then took an aggressive posture, squared off his body and clenched his fists. When Douglas raised his arms, an officer next to him put up his arms in a defensive position.

Douglas shoved the officer and punched him in the face, causing a bloody nose.

The suspect was stunned by a Taser, causing him to fall to his knees. But he continued to resist and attempted to get to his feet as he was handcuffed.

Douglas later refused medical treatment.

He was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was jailed at the county lockup for lack of $100,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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