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Knife-wielding man punches, almost escapes officers after woman interferes during arrest


Dan Kelly
Reading Eagle, Pa.

A city man and woman were arrested Monday night after a video that captured them fighting with police officers, who were trying to arrest them for disorderly conduct at Ninth and Penn streets, was shared on social media.

Kerry George, 39, and Kimblerlee Fields, 51, were charged with aggravated assault, causing a riot and disorderly conduct. George of the 200 block of North 11th Street and Fields of the 300 block of South 12th Street were committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail and $25,000 bail, respectively, after arraignment before Senior District Judge Thomas M. Gauby Sr. in Reading Central Court.

Police gave the following account:

A call came about 3:20 p.m. reporting that a man, later identified as George, was chasing people with a knife in the 900 block of Penn Street. A man confronted George, and George lunged at the man, making several thrusts with the knife.

The man retreated into a local bar and called 9-1-1. He was not injured in the confrontation.

Police reviewed a surveillance video of the street. Someone in the bar said they knew George and where police could find him. As police went to that destination, officers saw George on the street and attempted to arrest him.

George resisted arrest, a confrontation a bystander caught on video. In the video, posted on Facebook, George resists as two officers try to take him to the ground, handcuff and subdue him. Fields can be seen yelling at the police officers, and at one point begins kicking one of the officers.

Minutes later a police supervisor arrives and uses a Taser to attempt to stun George, but the device had little effect.

At one point George broke free from the officers, knocked one to the ground with a punch, and fled briefly before he was tackled by a fourth officer arriving on the scene.

The officers involved suffered minor cuts and scrapes. George and Fields were not injured in the melee.

“Our officers did a great job in this arrest,” said Charles Menges, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9. “It drew every police officer in the city, including City Hall. We’re glad this guy was not able to harm anyone.”


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