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June 17, 2014

Wedding reception fight ends with charges filed

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly threatened to shoot a man at a Cottage Place home following a drunken scuffle earlier that day at an Adams Township wedding reception, police said.

Johnstown police said Allen W. Luker, 36, of Horrocks Street, went to the home Saturday evening, brandished what appeared to be a rifle and told the homeowner, “I’m going to shoot you” before fleeing the property because the man called police.

Police said no one was injured in the incident. It apparently occurred after Luker became angry and combative at a wedding reception at a sportsmen’s club on Forest Hills Drive because he was shut off from drinking, Adams Township police said.

Township officers said they were sent to the party shortly before 4 p.m. after Luker fought with several men preventing him from entering the kitchen for more alcohol.

One police officer said Luker allegedly consumed a half gallon of whiskey before their arrival.

He said police observed Luker grabbing a man by the throat outside before surrendering to officers on their orders.

Township police said Luker, who refused medical treatment after becoming sick, was informed he would be cited. He was released to his brother, who transported him home.

Johnstown police said they were dispatched to the Cottage Place home just before 6 p.m, approximately 2 hours later.

Patrolman Mark Britton said police searched Luker’s home in an effort to locate him, and had used a Taser on an aggressive pitbull after entering the home.

An automatic rifle-style BB gun was seized as possible evidence, he said. Three pill bottles of marijuana seeds and planting material also were taken as evidence, police said.

Luker was taken into custody on the Pasquerilla Bridge, police said. He told one officer he did “nothing” during a brief telephone conversation before being apprehended, Britton wrote in an affidavit filed Saturday.

Luker was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and other charges.

He was lodged in Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of his $30,000 bond set by District Judge John Barron on Sunday, online court records show.

David Hurst is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him at tddavidhurst.

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