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Inmate faces trial for alleged assault on Pa. deputies

The inmate was being escorted when became aggressive and "started slamming his own head off of the elevator doors"


By Patrick Buchnowski
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

SOMERSET, Pa. — A Somerset County Jail inmate was ordered on Tuesday to stand trial, accused of assaulting three deputy sheriffs as he was being escorted out of the courtroom and back to jail, authorities said.

Joshua Adam Platter, 33, of the 1000 block of Village Way, Somerset, was held for court following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Kenneth Johnson, of Somerset.

Joshua Adam Platter, 33, allegedly fought with three sheriff’s deputies who attempted to get him into the elevator and continued to struggle. (Photo/Somerset County Jail)
Joshua Adam Platter, 33, allegedly fought with three sheriff’s deputies who attempted to get him into the elevator and continued to struggle. (Photo/Somerset County Jail)

Platter was being escorted from Somerset County Court on June 27 when he became aggressive, according to charges filed by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Platter “started slamming his own head off of the elevator doors,” the complaint said.

Platter allegedly fought with three sheriff’s deputies who attempted to get him into the elevator and continued to struggle, the complaint said.

Deputies were walking Platter back to the jail, and he continued to fight and call them pigs, the complaint said.

He was charged with three counts of assault by a prisoner and one count each of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Platter was returned to Somerset County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bond.

©2018 The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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