WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police are investigating the apparent assault of a 76-year-old guard that was caught on camera in Williamsport Tuesday night.
Video of the encounter started circulating on social media. Police told us the victim helps close up the park on Memorial Avenue. Residents of the community say they couldn’t believe the footage, saying the victim helps keep the park running safely for everyone.
“I was disappointed, I was shocked. I did not expect that to happen to someone who was trying to protect the facility,” Williamsport resident Charles Johnson said.
“It’s sad, because that guy works out for us every day for us, you know what I mean. Comes here in the morning, and closes it every night. He don’t have to do that, but he does it because he wants the park open and he wants people to enjoy it,” Williamsport resident Devin Miller said.
Williamsport Police said they were officially opening an investigation Wednesday after the victim, whose identity still hasn’t been verified by Eyewitness News, decided to press charges.
In the meantime, the courts where the incident took place are locked up. Miller, who lives down the block from the courts, says he thinks additional staff could help prevent a repeat offense.
“I feel like we might need more staff, younger staff. ‘Cause, like I said he’s an older person so they’re probably not gonna pay him no mind,” Miller said.
A longtime resident, Johnson says while he believes the victim has done his part in keeping the park safe, a more integrated community policing approach is what’s missing.
“I think that more community, physical policing may assist in helping to keep this area a lot safer,” Johnson said.
Eyewitness News is working to obtain the police report on the incident, but so far none has been made available. One officer did tell Eyewitness News however, that there are no early leads on the identity of the kids in the video.