Man charged with assault on police officer

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Minutes after a Penn Township man got into a physical altercation with a West Manchester Township police officer Wednesday night, he insisted he would have hurt the officer more if he had been aware of his charges, police said.

Griffin Ewing, 24, told police he sold his motor scooter for $350 and then went to purchase “Opana” pills (used as pain medication) from a friend, according to charging documents.

Officers were dispatched to a street in West Manchester Township for a report of a drug transaction involving a wanted person, documents state.

Officer Michael Jordan was walking toward the back of some condominiums when he noticed a man running toward him. The man, later identified as Mr. Ewing, looked at the officer with a “huge stare,” documents state.

Mr. Ewing was acting nervous and kept putting his hand into his front pants pocket and police said he took out a 5-inch butterfly knife when the officer asked if he had anything suspicious on him.

Officer Jordan threw the knife to the ground and tried handcuffing Mr. Ewing, who allegedly resisted arrest, saying “You can’t do this!”

Mr. Ewing was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia and prohibited use of a weapon. set at $15,000.

First Published July 26, 2014 12:00 AM

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