4 Arrested in City After Unruly-Crowd Call Turns Ugly

Aug. 29–Four men were arrested after fighting with two Reading police officers and inciting a melee after police were called to Ninth and Windsor streets for disorderly people outside a corner bar, offi cials said.

The melee occurred Friday about 10:30 p.m.

“People started gathering and as we were trying to get ID from the suspects, the next thing you know it blew up and we were fighting with everybody,” said Jason A. Linderman, a K-9 officer who was in the middle of the melee with Offi cer Brian Errington.

Arrested were Jose Ramirez-Arana, 24, of the 1000 block of Green Lane, Temple; Daniel Velazquez, 30, of the 900 block of North Ninth Street; Leonel Gomez-Ramirez, 29, of the 600 block of South Street; and Adolfo Ramirez-Arana, age unavailable, of the 700 block of Weiser Street.

According to police: Jose Ramirez-Arana, and Velazquez were charged with aggravated assault for punching a police officer. In addition, they and Adolfo Ramirez-Arana were charged with inciting a riot.

All three were committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail after arraignment before District Judge Wally Scott in Reading Central Court.

Gomez-Ramirez was charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Velazquez, Gomez-Ramirez and Adolfo Ramirez-Arana are illegal aliens from Mexico, court offi cials said. Immigration authorities will be contacted, they said.

Police gave this account:

Officers were called for a report of four drunken and disorderly patrons and when they arrived, Gomez-Ramirez was urinating on the building.

Police handcuffed him and sat him on the sidewalk. They also ordered the other three men to sit near Gomez-Ramirez while they checked their identifi cation.

Velazquez refused to sit down so Linderman kicked his legs out from under him and took him to the ground.

His friends began yelling and arguing with police. A large crowd started to gather and soon fists were fl ying.

Linderman and Errington pressed emergency buttons on their police radios, summoning all police on duty in the city to respond.

Officers who were not out on patrol said they ran from City Hall and raced to the scene.

During the melee, Errington was punched in the head and sucker-punched by someone else in the crowd. He was not seriously hurt and did not require medical treatment.

Linderman fired his stun gun at Velazquez and someone in the crowd who tried to punch a policeman.

Officer Hector Santiago arrived with his K-9, Caine, and positioned himself and the dog between the suspects under arrest and the crowd. He and other offi cers ordered everyone to disperse and the crowd obeyed.

“Nobody confronted us after that,” Santiago said.

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