Officers allegedly assaulted after domestic in Edwardsville

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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EDWARDSVILLE — A Plymouth man was arrested after he attacked several police officers investigating a violent domestic dispute Thursday, according to court records.

Police responded at about 4:40 p.m. and encountered a woman in the area of East State Street and Wilson Street in Larksville. She claimed she fled her house on Thomas Street in Edwardsville after her boyfriend, Gilbert Santiago-Hernandez, 30, forced his way inside and began punching and kicking her.

Police said the woman suffered severe head and facial injuries. She was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

Officers went to the woman’s residence on Thomas Street in an attempt to find Santiago-Hernandez.

The rear door was knocked off its hinges, police noted.

As an officer yelled “Edwardsville police,” Santiago-Hernandez charged, punching the officer in the face and assaulting another officer who fell to the ground, according to a criminal complaint.

An officer was unable to deploy a Taser as Santiago-Hernandez attempted to grab at the Taser, the complaint says.

When an officer punched Santiago-Hernandez to get space between them, he was finally able to deploy his Taser.

Santiago-Hernandez was stunned a second time as he allegedly continued to fight.

Police allege after Santiago-Hernandez was handcuffed, he continued to kick and throw his body.

A strap was placed around his legs to stop him from kicking, the complaint says.

The suspect was placed in a cruiser where he kicked the door, then later used his shirt and socks in an attempt to overflow a toilet in a holding cell, authorities report.

Santiago-Hernandez was arraigned by District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township on three counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct and a single count of reckless endangerment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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