Former pro wrestler from Fallowfield Township shocked, charged
A Fallowfield Township man was arrested Thursday on charges stemming from an alleged early morning incident New Year's Day.
Southwest Regional Police charged Issac W. Lancaster Jr., 23, of 1777 Grange Road, with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
Police were called to 400 Bluff St., Belle Vernon, 2:09 a.m. Jan. 1 for a report of a 22-year-old male acting “extremely out of control,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Belle Vernon Magisterial Judge Jesse Cramer.
While en route, dispatchers alerted police that Lancaster was attempting to charge at Belle Vernon firefighters. At some point, Washington Township police Officer Joshua Haines was dispatched to the scene.
By the time Southwest Regional Officer Mandy Mudrick arrived, Haines had taken custody of Lancaster, who was in an ambulance.
Haines told Mudrick that a fist-swinging Lancaster lunged at him.
According to the affidavit, Haines, while attempting to gain control of the suspect, was kicked in the face and chest by Lancaster, a former professional wrestler who went by the name “Kid Lightning.”
Haines said he was able to get one handcuff on Lancaster, who continued to resist, and ultimately had to shock the suspect with a Taser.
Lancaster reportedly became belligerent while strapped to a stretcher in the back of an ambulance, so Mudrick accompanied EMS personnel to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township.
Mudrick said that in the ambulance, she twice had to use a Taser on Lancaster, who was spitting saliva and blood on her and the emergency crew.
Police said emergency room personnel sedated Lancaster.
At the hospital, Southwest Regional officers spoke to a woman who Lancaster allegedly assaulted.
Michelle Kerr, who was taken to the hospital for treatment, told police Lancaster had been drinking and was throwing and breaking items inside the residence.
Lancaster allegedly placed her in a wrestling headlock. She told police she became unconscious for nearly 10 minutes.
Lancaster was arraigned before Cramer and was released on $10,000 unsecured bond. He faces a preliminary hearing before Cramer 10:30 a.m. March 1.
Speaking to WPXI-TV, The Valley Independent's news partner, Lancaster said he regretted the incident.
He claimed alcohol played a role in his behavior, adding he has great respect for police officers.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
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