Pittsburgh police say a groom faces charges for harassing a waitress at the reception then resisting arrest after an altercation with the pregnant woman’s boyfriend.
Police were called to the Gateway Clipper dock area at Station Square shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. When police arrived, they found two men covered in blood near the ramp leading down to the dock. The men were identified as the groom, Mark Andrew Williams, 33, of Crafton and Brian Alvin Taylor, 32, according to city public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.
The waitress told police that Mark Williams touched her and became “handsy” with her while she was working during his Gateway Clipper wedding cruise. She also said he tried to pour alcohol down her throat, police said. The woman later told her boyfriend, who was at the dock to pick her up. The boyfriend then confronted the groom and the two scuffled, Ms. Toler said.
Mr. Taylor eventually got involved in the fight and punched out the front window of a vehicle, causing an injury to his right hand.
While police officers were trying to subdue Mr. Taylor, another man, identified as off-duty state trooper David Williams, 35, of Plum, the brother of the groom, approached and refused the commands of several officers to step back, Ms. Toler said. David Williams became “physically aggressive with arresting officers,” police said. He was arrested at the scene and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.
Mark Williams faces charges including riot, harassment and resisting arrest. He declined comment to reporters outside court Monday. He and Mr. Taylor, who also faces charges, were taken to the jail and later released.
State police spokeswoman Maria Finn confirmed that a trooper had been arrested during the reception. She said the trooper has worked for the state police since November 2003 and is assigned to the Kiski Valley barracks, about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. He is on leave, she said.