Manchester man accused of kicking deputy

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A Manchester man is accused of kicking a deputy in central booking.
  • He allegedly kicked a deputy in the face, causing bruising on her cheek, according to documents.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A Manchester man is in York County Prison after authorities say he kicked a deputy in the face Tuesday night.

Richard Jay Reed, 54, of 137 High St., is charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, according to charging documents filed Wednesday by the York County Sheriff's Office.

The charges stem from an alleged incident at central booking, where the York County Sheriff's office said Reed was uncooperative and ended up kicking a deputy when deputies tried to restrain him.

Kicking: Reed was taken to central booking about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday by Northern York County Regional Police Police Officer Scott George for a public drunkenness citation, according to charging documents. It was there when authorities say Reed became uncooperative and would not follow instructions.

After Reed went through the metal detector, he was told by a sergeant to put his hands on the glass window of his cell to be patted down, according to documents.

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While he put his hands on the glass, he quickly moved them, despite being told numerous times to not move them, documents state. Authorities allege that Reed tried to turn around and started yelling obscenities, and he was then taken to the ground by a sergeant. After that, George and Deputies Adam Richardson and Kathleen Blankenstein helped the sergeant place Reed in an emergency restraint chair, documents state.

Reed was aggressive and resisted restraint "even after multiple commands to stop resisting," Deputy Gary Landis wrote in charging documents.

Blankenstein and George held Reed's legs, and he continually tried to kick them, documents state. Richardson then obtained a Taser and told Reed to comply, charging documents allege.

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Documents state that at one point Reed kicked Blankenstein, connecting with the right side of the face and causing her to fall back.

"At this point he was told he's getting more charges, and he began to stop fighting," Landis wrote in the charging documents.

Reed was then placed in a holding cell in the chair, where he continued yelling obscenities, according to documents. He was checked every 15 minutes and was removed from the chair about two hours later, according to authorities.

Blankenstein had bruising on her cheek and needed ice to control the swelling, but no other medical attention was necessary.

Reed remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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