Man charged in assault of two police officers


A man wanted on three warrants for misdemeanor theft was charged with assault with intent to murder Tuesday night after he allegedly tried to push two Western District officers from a staircase 20 feet above the ground, county police said.

County police gave this account of the incident:

Officers Donald Hepler and Thomas Kohlmann went to a house in the 7900 block of Quarterfield Road about 9:30 p.m. to serve NTC the warrants. They found a man fitting the description of the suspect in the driveway and asked him for his name and identification. He said his name was Paul Brown, but that his identification was in an apartment on the second story of the house.

The officers followed the man up a flight of stairs, where he allegedly tried to push Officer Kohlmann over a rail. Officer Hepler grabbed the man, who allegedly tried to push him down the stairs. Officer Kohlmann tripped the man, and the two officers subdued him.

Clarence Robert Knell, 30, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Reece Road, was also charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest, three counts of misdemeanor theft and

making a false statement to police.

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