David O’Kane, 53, was allegedly choking his son, Jason O’Kane, 28, when police intervened.

Last updated: May 06. 2013 11:56PM - 12912 Views
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PLYMOUTH — A father and son both covered in blood turned their battle with each other into a fight with police at an apartment on East Main Street late Sunday night, according to charges filed.

Police said they forced their way into the apartment after hearing a man screaming for help at about 11:48 p.m.

David O’Kane, 53, address listed as homeless and living along the Susquehanna River, was allegedly choking his son, Jason O’Kane, 28, police said.

Police allege in arrest records when they tried to break up the fight, the O’Kanes began assaulting officers.

David O’Kane was charged with three counts each of reckless endangerment, simple assault and terroristic threats, two counts each of aggravated assault, harassment and disorderly conduct and a single count of institutional vandalism.

Jason O’Kane was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment, two counts each of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and one count each of simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment.

The father and son were arraigned Monday by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township and both jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail each.

According to the criminal complaints:

Shea O’Kane told police his father and brother were fighting and going crazy inside an apartment at 171 E. Main St. Police heard a man screaming for help and forced open the front door, spotting David O’Kane choking Jason O’Kane. The two men were covered in blood, police said.

Police separated the two men and advised them they were being arrested.

David O’Kane and Jason O’Kane refused to place their hands behind their head and began fighting with officers, the complaints say.

Police say David O’Kane had to be stunned by a Taser after he kicked an officer twice in the face. Jason O’Kane allegedly told officers they “have to watch our backs because he will kill us,” the complaints say.

David O’Kane allegedly grabbed an officer, tore his uniform and wiped blood all over a cell bed.

Police said David O’Kane fought with paramedics who were summoned to treat him for having a hard time breathing, according to the complaints.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on May 15 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.

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