ALLENTOWN, Pa. Dec 29 2016 - A Whitehall Township man is facing criminal charges for allegedly scuffling with security guards who stepped in to break up a brother-sister squabble.
Allentown police were dispatched to the 700 block of Hamilton Street shortly after 9 p.m. Monday for a disturbance on the sidewalk directly across the street from Chickie’s and Pete’s. That’s where an officer found Luke Taus bleeding from his face.
His sister told the officer that Taus was her brother, and that they had been arguing about getting into a car. Court records do not indicate how Taus was injured.
Not realizing the two were brother and sister, security guards from the restaurant told police they saw the argument and walked across the street to assist the woman.
Taus allegedly threatened to kill the security guards and proceeded to grab one man by his hair in an effort to pull him to the ground, according to court records. He also tried to take out the guard’s legs with his own and again threatened all three men.
Emergency personnel took Taus to Allentown St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment, where he was belligerent with Allentown paramedics and hospital staff. Authorities said his blood alcohol level measured 0.34 percent.
Taus spent the night at the hospital to sober up and was arraigned Tuesday morning by District Judge Michael Pochron. Police charged the 22-year-old with three counts of terroristic threats and a single count of simple assault along with summary charges of disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness.
Taus, of South Fourth Avenue in Whitehall Township, was released after posting $10,000 bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Jan. 3.