Two men charged with assaulting police officer, resisting arrest

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Two men from Summerford have been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and other charges in connection with a disturbance at Legends Bar.

According to the RCMP, members of the Gander detachment responded to a report of a disturbance around 2 a.m. this morning. On arrival, they saw a bouncer trying to remove a man who asked police for assistance getting the man off a deck and out of the bar.

The RCMP said when the officer approached the man, he began to swear and fight with him. He was advised he was under arrest and removed from the deck area to the parking lot. 

However, the police say when the officer attempted to arrest him, several of his "cohorts" jumped the officer and began to fight and obstruct him from completing the arrest. A third person, according to the RCMP,  then jumped on the officer's back and began to choke him.

After fighting to get away from the three, the RCMP said the officer used pepper spray to attempt to subdue the man being arrested. 

The spray had no effect and, again, people began to surround the officer.  An off duty military person identified himself to the police officer and offered his assistance.  Together they were able to arrest the man and get the gathering crowd to move back from the area.

The accused was taken into custody.

Another police officer who responded to the scene, chased a second man and after another struggle, this person was also taken into custody.

Morris Manual Anstey, 38, of Summerford has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, causing a disturbance and rescuing another person from arrest under Section 147 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Mark Rideout ,35, of Summerford has been charged with assaulting a police officer,  two counts of resisting arrest, escaping custody, causing a disturbance and uttering threats.

Both men were scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Summerford

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Recent comments

  • Christine
    April 20, 2013 - 09:43

    What the hey!! How can two individuals who almost murder an RCMP Officer be released under "strict" conditions? We, as Canadians, deserve better protection. This Officer deserves to have the court system have his back!! We should be outraged that those who but their lives on the line daily are not considered valuable enough to have these lowlifes held behind bars!! This wasn't a dash and dine!! This was and is "attempted murder"! I am thankful that he is okay and that the military person was there to offer assistance. And to the Justice System of NL, I feel so much safer with the criminals walking around!! Thank you!

  • Kent
    April 19, 2013 - 16:48

    Gutless dirtbags

  • Very Concerned Citizen
    April 19, 2013 - 15:30

    So these scumballs assault, (perhaps even try to kill!) a polive officer, yet are immediately let out on bail? Tell me you are kidding! This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Let's use these idiots as an example to others who think they can assault cops and only get a slap on the wrist. I say we throw the book at them; lock them up for a very long time. The message needs to get out that police officers are off-limits!

  • Kay
    April 19, 2013 - 12:55

    Am glad the police officer is okay. Things could have had a very different outcome.