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October 10, 2013

Loretto man accused of kicking chief during arrest

INDIANA — A Loretto man is charged with kicking a Homer City police chief in the throat and trying to headbutt other officers after a drunk and disorderly arrest, investigators said.

Indiana Borough police said Jordan V. McDermott, 22, resisted arrest, becoming combative with officers several times after officers took him into custody at a Wayne Avenue Sheetz store early Sunday.

McDermott allegedly kicked police Chief Louis Sacco in the throat sometime after being placed into the back of a cruiser, and later, had to be Tased after resisting arrest while being taken to a holding area, Indiana Officer Jeffrey Atherton wrote in a criminal complaint.

Police said six officers eventually had to take McDermott into an interview room because of concern for other prisoners’ safety.

After the Loretto man was secured with handcuffs to a steel bench, he pulled one hand out and began fighting with officers again, Atherton said.

It prompted police to discharge the electro-shock gun on McDermott once again, Atherton said.

While police indicated McDermott appeared to be intoxicated at the time he was initially taken into custody, they did not list a blood-alcohol content.

McDermott now faces two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, as well as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He was lodged in Indiana County Prison after failing to post his $30,000 cash bond, court staff at District Judge Jennifer J. Rega’s office said.

David Hurst is a reporter at The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him for more news on Twitter at

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