Springdale man arraigned on assault charge after Steelers game 'sucker punch'

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A Springdale man was arraigned today on charges that he assaulted a teenager and a police officer at a Steelers game Sunday night.

Shane Martin, 24, has been released after posting $5,000 bond, according to online court records. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a charge of defiant trespass and a summary public drunkenness offense.

Mr. Martin was drunk at the game and had been given a notice to leave Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Shore about 10:20 p.m., according to Pittsburgh police criminal complaint.

But at 10:38 p.m. an officer saw West Allegheny High School football coach Bob Palko running after a man later identified as Mr. Martin. The man told police that Mr. Martin just "sucker punched" a member of his team.

Witnesses said there was no reason Mr. Martin attacked the teen, who suffered a broken nose and also planned to get X-rays or an MRI.

He was treated and the scene and later admitted to UPMC Mercy.

Mr. Martin, still intoxicated, cussed at officers and when one tried to calm him, according to the complaint, Mr. Martin kicked the officer in the upper leg and had to be restrained by a sergeant.

Officers held him to the ground until he was escorted out and taken to Allegheny County Jail.


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