Good Samaritan escapes attack
Suspect faces multiple charges
Butler Eagle
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January 30, 2013

ADAMS TWP — A township man was arrested Jan. 23 after he attacked a would-be good Samaritan, police said.

The suspect, Patrick Edward Williams, 47, is also accused of scuffling with two Adams Township officers.

District Judge Lewis Stoughton on Thursday arraigned Williams on a list of charges. He is free on $30,000 unsecured bail.

Police suspect the defendant had a bit too much to drink about 9 p.m. when he reportedly ended up standing in the middle of the road near a strip mall on Brickyard Road.

“He was trying to flag down vehicles,” said Adams Township police Chief Bill Westerman, “for no apparent reason.”

A 37-year-old Mars man, who is a paramedic and firefighter, happened to be at the mall to pick up his daughter from a dance studio when he spotted Williams.

Suspecting a medical issue could explain the defendant’s odd behavior, the Mars man drove over and asked Williams if he needed help.

“That’s when (Williams) reaches into the vehicle through the window, grabs the victim by the neck and tries to choke him,” Westerman said.

The man managed to drive away and call 911. Officers got there and found Williams, who reeked of a “strong odor” of alcohol, a police report said.

When police tried to arrest the suspect, he allegedly fought back, at one time kicking at Patrolman Edward Lenz.

He also is accused of threatening to kill the officers.

Williams is charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, defiant trespass, harassment, public drunkenness and causing a hazard as an intoxicated pedestrian.

Westerman said police are well acquainted with the defendant, having previously arrested him on similar charges of accosting and threatening customers at the same strip mall.

In one incident Dec. 5, according to court documents, he challenged a man he did not know to a fight while holding a golf club. The suspect later used the golf club to smash a set of mailboxes nearby, police said.