Pa. man arrested for allegedly punching paramedic

Police say the man was "flipping out" and breaking things at his neighbor's house before he assaulted the paramedic and tried to spit at police and EMS providers


By Amanda Christman
Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa.

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Butler Twp. police say a man punched a paramedic after allegedly hitting his own head while damaging a neighbor's property.

Kevin E. Pedro, 46, Drums, faces aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment. His bail was set at $3,000 on Oct. 18 by Magisterial District Judge David Barilla, Forty Fort.

Butler Twp. police said they were called to 117 Edge Rock Drive, Drums, on Oct. 17 around 7 p.m. for a report of Pedro "flipping out" and breaking things at a neighbor's house. Pedro smashed his face off a countertop and was reportedly on the floor when police were called about the incident, court papers state. Officers arrived to find him still on the floor and bleeding from his face.

Asked what happened, Pedro began rambling, police said. Valley Regional Ambulance began to evaluate him and as a paramedic helped him from the ground, Pedro cursed at him and punched the man in the chest, arrest papers state. A police officer took Pedro to the ground and he refused to put his hands behind his back, according to court papers. The officer used a stun gun to subdue him but police said it had no effect so force was used to overcome his resistance.

And, while in custody, Pedro tried to spit at officers and ambulance personnel, arrest papers state.

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