Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson waived his preliminary hearing today on accusations that he poked his neighbor under the eye and fought with police who tried to arrest him.
Mr. Richardson, 37, of Sheraden, appeared briefly in Pittsburgh Municipal Court this afternoon.
He has been held in the Allegheny County Jail since his arrest Sept. 3.
"My assessment is that a disagreement got out of hand," his attorney, Frank Walker, said following the hearing. "They got into a disagreement and things happened."
Mr. Richardson's bail was reduced today from $50,000 straight to $10,000, of which he must post 10 percent, Mr. Walker said. The conditions of his bond prohibit him from having contact with the neighbor or officers involved in the case before trial.
Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that they went to the 3100 block of Bergman Avenue in Sheraden about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 after Lee Lyons reported that his neighbor, Mr. Richardson, entered his house without permission, yelling and pointing at him.
Mr. Lyons told police Mr. Richardson poked him under the eye and then ran out the front door.
Police wrote that when they crossed the street to speak with Mr. Richardson, they "could smell an overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person" and that he refused to answer their questions.
They said Mr. Richardson tensed up, made two fists and pulled his arms away when they tried to handcuff him.
Police also wrote that Mr. Richardson resisted their efforts to handcuff him so they tried to use several maneuvers to arrest him. After Officer Shawn Luff punched him once in the face, Mr. Richardson said "I'm done" and stopped resisting, according to the complaint.
Medics later took Mr. Richardson to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries to his face.
Police wrote that while he was at the hospital, Mr. Richardson said, "When I get out of jail, I'm gonna get him, he's mine, I'm gonna get him," referring to Officer Luff.
Mr. Richardson faces charges of riot, trespass, aggravated assault, burglary, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, public drunkenness and other crimes.
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