By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - A Shenandoah man faces charges after a fight in front of Mulligan's Bar early Saturday morning.
According to Shenandoah Police, around 1:34am, patrol officers observed individuals exiting the establishment on South Main Street, who began to yell at each other.
The actions became physical, and Anthony Welikonich, 28, of Shenandoah, struck another male in the head. Morgan Salter pulled Welikonich away from the victim, and Welikonich then struck Salter in the face, causing a nose bleed, at which point multiple others attempted to subdue Welikonich from striking others.
Patrolman William Moyer escorted Welikonich away from the group, when Welikonich pulled away and fled northbound on Main Street. Moyer began to pursue Welikonich, commanding the man to stop, or a taser would be deployed.
Welikonich stopped, and was handcuffed, though while being escorted to a police vehicle, he refused to cooperate and resisted by using his weight to attempt to pull away. At the patrol car, officers asked the man to enter the vehicle, to which he verbally and physically refused.
Witnesses told officers Welikonich was intoxicated, and was asked to leave the bar earlier, which he did, though he returned. Upon arrivalthe second time, he was told to leave by Thomas Salter. Outside, Welikonich struck Thomas Salter in the face, at which point Welikonich was grabbed by Morgan Salter.
Welikonich was escorted to the borough police holding cell, where officers said he continued to be uncooperative, pulling his arms away and trying to remove the handcuffs. Inside the holding cell, Welikonich was "verbally hostile," threatening to kick the officers in the face.
Welikonich faces charges of Terroristic Threats, Resisting Arrest, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass, Harassment, and Public Drunkeness, and was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge David J. Rossi, and released on $5000 unsecured bail.
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