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Harrison man accused of threatening a township police officer

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

A Harrison man is accused of harassing a township police officer and his family.

John Spencer, 22, of Argonne Drive, Natrona Heights, allegedly made veiled threats to the officer, police Chief Mike Klein said.

He said two officers were sent at about 4 a.m. Sept. 25 to check a report of someone with a crowbar breaking into cars and knocking on house doors near Sycamore Street and River Avenue in Natrona.

Police say they encountered a drunken Spencer, who they say refused to stop and was seen throwing something over a fence. Officers later found a 2-footlong metal rod.

Police said Spencer resisted arrest but was taken to the Harrison Police Department holding cell.

There, he continued to scream at officers, punching the bed and cell walls and the surveillance camera there, bloodying his hands. He then wiped blood from his hands on the bed and camera.

Chief Klein said Spencer focused his ire on one officer in particular, telling him that he knew where he lived and that he saw him in the house watching TV the night before, according to arrest papers.

Spencer is charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, loitering and prowling at night, having an instrument of crime, damaging the holding cell, and public drunkenness.

He was arraigned and released on a nonmonetary bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for today.

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

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