Rimersburg, PA – A Clarion County man is facing assault charges and had to be tasered after he allegedly swung a dog leash at police on Tuesday night.

Troopers had originally been called out to handle a domestic dispute involving 50-year-old Robert Anderson of Rimersburg. They found him walking along Cherry Run Road with his dog.

When police approached him to talk, Anderson reportedly ran away at first. Police say Anderson eventually unhooked the dog from its leash, then began swinging the leash above his head while charging at the troopers.

Police tasered Anderson, but he got back up and continued to come towards the officers, so they tasered him again.

During the incident, Anderson reportedly struck one of the troopers with the leash, and his dog bit the same trooper in the leg during the chaos.

Anderson was eventually handcuffed and taken to the Clarion Hospital.

He’s charged with felony aggravated assault, plus misdemeanors for simple assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Unable to post $50,000 bail, he remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail, awaiting his preliminary hearing on June 5.


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