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Police: Avoca Man Assaulted Woman, Tried To Bite Officers

January 4, 2019
Police: Avoca Man Assaulted Woman, Tried To Bite Officers

An Avoca man assaulted a woman during a domestic disturbance last month, then tried to bite officers as he resisted arrest, according to police.

Damian Kellogg, 30, was arraigned Thursday on charges of flight to avoid apprehension, indecent assault, simple assault, strangulation and resisting arrest in connection with the Dec. 19 incident.

According to an affidavit filed by Avoca police:

Officers were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call at a Chestnut Street home. A woman flagged down police and said, “He’s in the house with the kids and he just beat me.”

An officer saw a man later identified as Kellogg leaving the residence. Kellogg refused orders to stop, but the officer caught up with him. Kellogg claimed he needed to go inside to get his identification. When he entered the home, the woman told police she feared Kellogg would harm children inside.

As officers searched the home to make sure the children were safe, Kellogg fled through a back door.

The woman told officers Kellogg had grabbed her by the neck and slammed her head against the ground repeatedly. Officers observed abrasions around her neck.

Police found Kellogg lying on the ground at the bottom of a hill by railroad tracks near the home. Kellogg refused repeated orders to show his hands, after which an officer deployed a stun gun and took him into custody.

Kellogg refused to cooperate with police, forcing officers to carry him up a hill to be evaluated by medical personnel. He tried to bite officers as they carried him, according to the affidavit.

Following his arraignment, Kellogg was sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15 before Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz.

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