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Scranton Man Among 2 Charged In Barroom Brawl After Pittston Parade

March 4, 2019

PITTSTON — Two people were charged after attacking police during a barroom brawl after the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, according to police. Brian W. Jones, 39, of 2929 Cedar Ave., Scranton, and Stephanie Jones, 37, of 973 Exeter Ave., Exeter, are accused of fighting police during a brawl inside the Tomato Bar around 10 p.m. According to the complaint, officers staged outside the facility at 7 Tomato Festival Drive for the parade were summoned into a tent set up for the event. They entered and saw a fight in progress near the band, with Stephanie Jones swinging at people, police said. A “highly intoxicated” Stephanie Jones refused to leave and punched a cop in the face, the complaint alleges. The officer took her to the ground, where she twice kicked him in the groin, according to police. Stephanie Jones also ripped the officer’s radio microphone off his shirt, causing $500 in damage, police said. She got up and continued fighting while Brian Jones came over and hit the officer in the head, according to the complaint. Brian Jones was taken into custody after a brief struggle on the ground, police said. During the struggle, Stephanie Jones and her husband, Mark Jones, approached and jumped on the back of another officer, according to police. Mark Jones was taken into custody after continually pushing police and trying to prevent them from arresting his wife, the complaint says. Police detained those three plus James Bell, who refused to leave the area, according to the complaint. All four were drunk and were taken to city hall for detention, police said. Mark Jones and Bell were later released to sober parties without charges being filed. Brian and Stephanie Jones are both charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment. Stephanie Jones is also charged with criminal mischief, failing to disperse and public drunkenness, while Brian Jones is also charged with obstructing justice. Magisterial District Judge Ferris Peter Webby Sr. arraigned the pair on the charges Sunday morning and released them on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was set for March 19.