Indiana County man charged with pretending to be a police officer in corn-throwing incident

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When an Indiana County  man yelled “police” at two juveniles he was chasing for throwing corn at his vehicle, there wasn’t a kernel of truth to it, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

And when he handcuffed one of the youths, putting the restraints on so tightly the juvenile’s hands started turning blue, Jack O. Edmundson Jr. found himself facing a felony charge.

State police charged Mr. Edmundson, 43, of Saltsburg with various offenses stemming from the Thursday incident.

Police said the two juveniles were “corning” — throwing kernels of corn onto passing vehicles — in Conemaugh Township around 9:40 p.m., when they struck Mr. Edmundson’s windshield and someone else’s.

Mr. Edmundson chased one youth and caught him because the boy stopped when he yelled “police,” according to a news release. Police said Mr. Edmundson tackled the youth, hit him and then handcuffed him before attempting to put the boy in his vehicle.

Police said that Mr. Edmundson asked an unidentified person on the scene to call police and request a handcuff key. The person noticed that the boy’s hands were turning blue, according to the news release.

The witness tried to remove the handcuffs with bolt cutters but could not. Troopers freed the boy when they arrived.

State police cited the juveniles for criminal mischief.

Mr. Edmundson was charged with felony counts of unlawful restraint and false imprisonment as well as lower-level counts of simple assault, impersonating a public servant, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Mr. Edmundson was arraigned and freed on $10,000 straight bail.

He could not be reached for comment.


Jonathan D. Silver: jsilver@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1962 or on Twitter @jsilverpg.

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