Man accused of assaulting police

  • By Kathie Warco February 21, 2013
Issac "Kid Lightning" Lancaster

A Charleroi semiprofessional wrestler was arrested Thursday on a warrant for allegedly assaulting a Southwest Regional police officer on New Year’s Day.

Issac W. Lancaster, 23, of 1777 Grange Road, Charleroi, who has wrestled under the name “Kid Lightning,” faces the charges stemming from an incident in Belle Vernon.

Police were called about 2 a.m. to 400 Bluff St. for a report of a man acting out of control. He had allegedly been drinking earlier in the night. While en route, police learned the man, later identified as Lancaster, was charging at Belle Vernon volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel who were trying to assist him.

Southwest police called for backup from Washington Township police. When Southwest officers arrived, they were told Lancaster lunged at Washington Officer Joshua Haines and tried to punch him. Lancaster also allegedly kicked Haines in the face and chest. When Haines tried to take him into custody, Lancaster allegedly continued resisting. The two wrestled in the yard and Haines had to use his Taser to subdue Lancaster.

They also learned Lancaster reportedly assaulted Michelle Kerr. She told police he put her in a submission hold and she lost consciousness.

While in an ambulance, Lancaster reportedly started spitting.

Lancaster was arraigned before District Judge Jesse Cramer on charges of aggravated assault of a police officer, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.


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