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Motorist in Indiana County accused of handcuffing teen

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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

An Indiana County man was arrested on Thursday night, accused of posing as a police officer and handcuffing a teenager who allegedly threw corn at his car, state police said.

A witness had to intervene to try to free the boy when his hands began to turn blue, police said.

Police charged Jack O. Edmundson, 43, of 701 Market St., Saltsburg with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

According to police, two 15-year-old boys were walking along Route 286, Leech Avenue, in Conemaugh Township about 9:40 p.m., “corning” vehicles.

When Edmundson's and another man's cars were struck, the drivers stopped and chased the boys, first in their vehicles and then on foot. One boy escaped.

When Edmundson allegedly shouted “police” at the second boy, he stopped. Edmundson tackled the boy in a nearby alley and struck him several times, police said, before clasping black metal handcuffs around the boy's wrists.

Edmundson allegedly lifted the boy and tried to place him into the back seat of his vehicle.

An unidentified resident said he was asked by Edmundson to call police and request a handcuff key because Edmundson did not have one. The resident said he noticed the cuffs were too tight, so he used bolt cutters to try to remove them, but he was only able to separate the cuffs at the link.

Police removed the cuffs and cited the juveniles for summary counts of criminal mischief.

Edmundson was arraigned on Friday morning before District Judge Guy Haberl and released after posting $10,000 cash bond.

Edmundson has a preliminary hearing before Haberl on Dec. 5.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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