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Leechburg man will go to trial on assault rap

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Mitchell Rearick

A Leechburg man waived to court charges he wore a skull mask, terrorized people, and then tried to grab a police officer's pistol before overturning a district judge's table.

Mitchell Rearick, 19, of the 400 block of Evergreen Road, was eventually subdued after a struggle with a Leechburg officer March 19 and sent to the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Rather than have a hearing on Wednesday, Rearick waived to court assault, resisting arrest and other charges. Rearick was escorted to and from District Judge James Andring's office by the same officer.

According to a police report, on March 19, two business owners reported that a man wearing a skull mask was knocking on windows, “staring in a menacing fashion,” and they feared the masked man was going to rob them.

Several parents also called to say they saw the same man running near David Leech Elementary School.

A responding officer caught up to him near Center Avenue at Bridge Street. According to police, the masked man at first cooperated, placed his hands on a wall and unzipped the mask.

That's when the officer recognized him as Rearick.

But when the officer tried to handcuff him, Rearick started to struggle and tried unsuccessfully to use a leg sweep to topple the officer.

In the arrest papers, Rearick told the officer, “I am going to knock you out” and then reached for the officer's pistol.

Instead, the officer was able to handcuff the man.

Last week, Rearick was taken to District Judge James Owen, Kittanning, because Leechburg District Judge James Andring wasn't available. While at Owen's office, he allegedly became unruly, ignored orders of a constable, and overturned a table before being subdued.

He is also charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats, disorderly conduct by causing a hazard and engaging in fighting, and simple assault.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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