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North Apollo man charged with beating father while screaming 'I love you dad'

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
Courtesy of the Armstrong County Jail
Patrick Woods Sells

A North Apollo man is accused of repeatedly hitting his father while screaming “I love you dad.”

Patrick Woods Sells, 36, of Stoops Court, is accused of the alleged assault late Thursday.

Police said the father called police, saying his son was under the influence of drugs and he didn't want to talk with him. He also said the son tried to push his way into the house earlier and he was fearful he would do so again.

Police said they arrived just before midnight Thursday to see Sells arriving in a vehicle driven by another man.

Sells allegedly ignored orders from police and successfully forced his way into his father's residence.

A patrolman followed him inside and immediately saw the victim sitting in an easy chair and Sells standing over him.

Sells was “leaning over the victim, holding both sides of the victim's collar shaking him aggressively.”

He was also screaming “I love you dad,” police allege in a report.

Sells initially obeyed the patrolman's order to step away and to get down on the floor. Then he lunged at the victim and punched him.

Police used a Taser to briefly shock him but it had no apparent effect.

The officer said he next used a choke hold to pull Sells off the father. Sells regained his grip and soon both Sells and the father were pulled to the floor.

Sells jumped up and was again Tased with no result.

The officer pulled Sells to the floor and handcuffed him after a struggle.

Police said Sells talked about using methamphetamine. Lab results weren't available.

Sells is charged with felony and misdemeanor simple assault and resisting arrest.

He is in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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