Police: New Kensington man who fought, lied to officers had drugs, stolen gun
A New Kensington man who police said provided officers with two phony names during a traffic stop Friday is accused of assaulting one officer and possessing heroin, crack cocaine and a stolen gun.
Police said they pulled over a car driven by Robert Edward Kramer, 47, about 8:40 a.m. because he didn’t use a turn signal when turning from Ninth Street onto Fourth Avenue and his car had a rear brake light out. He also failed to stop immediately after an officer turned on his flashing lights and siren, according to a criminal complaint.
Kramer told police neither he nor a passenger had a valid driver’s license, but he identified himself as Robert Graymer and provided the officer with a phony birth date, the complaint said.
When the officer found no records matching that information, Kramer said his last name was Granger, the complaint said. When no records were found matching that information either, the officer asked Kramer to get out of the car.
Police said Kramer got out of the car, pushed the officer to the ground and attempted to run his way through four other officers. The other officers tackled Kramer, who began fighting with them, the complaint said.
After identifying himself by his real name, Kramer began yelling and screaming that he had recently been shot and his ribs were hurting, the complaint said.
Police said they handcuffed Kramer and found suspected heroin, crack cocaine, a crack pipe and cash in his pockets. In the car, they said they found additional narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a loaded .32-caliber revolver, which had been reported stolen through state police in Butler County, according to the complaint.
Paramedics sedated Kramer and took him to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, where doctors evaluated him and cleared him to be released back into police custody.
Kramer faces 13 charges in connection to the incident, including aggravated assault, drug possession, resisting arrest and firearms violations. He remained in Westmoreland County Prison on Monday in lieu of $75,000 bond.
The passenger hadn’t been charged in connection to the incident as of Monday, according to court records.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected] or via Twitter .