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Lansford police officer assaulted

Published July 16. 2011 09:02AM

An Allentown man allegedly assaulted a Lansford police officer early Thursday morning.

Raymond Rolon, 20, whose last known address was 715 North Penn St., faces charges of felony aggravated assault on police officer; resisting arrest; persistent disorderly conduct; possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine); public drunkenness and underage drinking.

The charges were filed by Officer Joshua Tom. According to a police report, at 1:31 a.m., Tom was on foot patrol on the 200 block of East Kline Avenue when he saw group of loud people congregated on the porch of an abandoned building. He radioed for Officer Jeff Ohl to assist.

But before Ohl arrived, Tom heard somebody yell "cops" and two males fled. Tom gave chase, but a third a male tackled him to the ground from the right. Tom told the male, identified as Rolon, numerous times to stop resisting. After a struggle, police got him cuffed. While being patted down for officers safety, Tom saw some type of drug in a plastic bag sticking out of Rolon's pants pockets. Rolon had numerous bags of crack. Tom also smelled alcohol on Rolon's breath.

Rolon was arrested, arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and jailed under $30,000 percentage bail. He faces a preliminary hearing on July 20.

Officer Tom was not injured in the assault.

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