Towanda man resisted arrest, injured officers in Athens
A Towanda man accused of injuring police officers in Athens Borough while resisting arrest was recently sentenced to confinement.
Michael A. Pierce, 26, received nine months to five years at a state correctional facility and was ordered to pay a $2,800 fine, according to information from the county district attorney's office. Pierce pleaded guilty in June to one count each of first-degree felony aggravated assault and second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.
During the Dec. 2012 incident, police accused Pierce of barricading himself and three others, including two minor children, in the bedroom of a Spruce Street apartment.
Borough police had originally charged Pierce with four counts of aggravated assault, as well as simple assault, burglary, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges, according to a criminal complaint filed in district court.
Officers were called at about 7:45 p.m. Dec. 9 to the Twin Rivers Terrace apartment complex to assist with a medical call, according to police. An individual in the apartment, later identified as Pierce, was reported to be under the influence of drugs and was scaring children at the residence, police said.
A resident of the apartment told police that Pierce had barged through the front door uninvited and barricaded himself inside a bedroom with the two children and a male. Borough officers, assisted by Athens Township and Sayre Borough police, knocked down the bedroom door, removed the children from the room and attempted to detain Pierce, police said.
Pierce spat at officers and struck them with his feet prior to and after he was taken into custody, police said. Officers used a stun gun on Pierce twice while struggling to detain him, but police said the device had no effect.
One officer received a blood blister on his finger, another was kicked numerous times in the chest and a third suffered hand, knee and toe injuries, police said.
The male that had been barricaded with Pierce later told police that Pierce had thrown a table at him and the children and that the table struck him, police said.
Following his arraignment, Pierce was incarcerated in the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.