Last updated: May 29. 2014 11:07PM - 8164 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Two people were arrested after allegedly grabbing a police officer as a group of people converged on him and another officer while they were investigating a fight on Sunday.

The officers were dispatched to East Main Street at 8:48 p.m. for a report of an unknown number of people fighting between houses.

Upon their arrival, the officers observed two males in front of 388 E. Main St., one with his shirt off, and both out of breath and sweaty, police said.

Officers asked both males for their identification, at which time one of the males began to walk away. Several times officers requested his identification and he continued refusing to comply.

As officers approached the male, numerous males and females surrounded the officers and, at one point, a female grabbed Patrolman Richard Harding’s right arm, intentionally interfering with the investigation of the incident, police said.

Officers told the female who grabbed Harding that she was under arrest, and the officers attempted to place handcuffs on her. At this point, a male grabbed Harding’s left arm, intentionally attempting to prevent him from placing handcuffs on the female, police said.

Officers informed the male that he was under arrest, at which time Harding broke free from his grasp, police said.

The female was identified as Rokevia Ardshana Booker, 23, and the male was identified as Kevin L. Booker, 53. They were both charged with obstruction/impeding the administration of justice and two counts of disorderly conduct.

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