Three arrested in concert assaults, one after crash of stolen car

  • By Kathie Warco July 22, 2013

Three men attending the Zac Brown Band concert at First Niagara Pavilion Saturday saw their night end in Washington County jail, where they faced assault charges. A fourth man finished the evening inside a room at a Pittsburgh hospital after he crashed a vehicle he allegedly stole from the venue.

Arrested by Hanover police for the unrelated assaults were Chad J. Rekaskie, 30, of Oak Creek, Colo.; Trent E. Carlson, 28, of 310 Scenic Drive, Washington; and Ian E. Keim, 36, of Neville Island. Charged by state police with stealing a 2005 BMW from the parking lot and then crashing it on Route 22/30 was Trammel Lynn Perri, 19, of Pittsburgh.

Keim is accused of sucker-punching Scott Bowers in the lawn area of the venue about 10:45 p.m. When Hanover police arrived, they found Bowers on the ground, unconscious and bleeding. Patrons and security were detaining Keim. Bowers was taken to a Pittsburgh trauma center.

About a half-hour later, Hanover police were trying to clear the fire lane for the ambulance attempting to get through with lights and sirens when Rekaskie allegedly jumped in front of the vehicle. Rekaskie reportedly was intoxicated and struggled with officers as he was taken into custody.

Carlson is accused of pushing several people, including women, in a parking lot because they were not walking fast enough as they were leaving the concert about 11:30 p.m. Timothy Williamson reportedly attempted to intervene, and Carlson allegedly punched him. Williamson, who was bleeding from the face, required medical treatment.

Perri is accused of stealing the BMW, owned by Anthony Petrarca, from the parking lot. He crashed the vehicle about 10:30 p.m. a half-mile east of the Burgettstown exit of Routes 22/30. He reportedly failed to negotiate a right curve. The car went up an embankment and rolled over, coming to rest on its roof.

Perri, who police say later admitted stealing the car, was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

All four men were arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka.

Rekaskie is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and public drunkenness. He was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond.

Carlson is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and public drunkenness. He was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Keim is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Perri was arraigned Sunday, after his release from the hospital, on charges of receiving stolen property, driving under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking, a minor not to have alcohol in his system and several traffic violations. He was placed in jail on $20,000 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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