Man charged in assault on deputy sheriff inside courthouse

'The sheriff was just doing his job.'

READING, Pa. - A Berks County man already behind bars is now in more trouble with the law.

Andrew Spencer was charged Monday with aggravated assault and simple assault for an incident involving a Berks County sheriff's deputy.

"It's unfortunate. The sheriff was just doing his job, trying to follow orders of the judge and, as a result, he got hurt," said Lt. Todd Trupp.

Spencer was in a courtroom on the seventh floor of the Berks County Courthouse in downtown Reading for a criminal matter on August 10, when he became loud and disruptive while the judge was taking a guilty plea in another case, according to detectives with the Berks County district attorney's office.

The judge stopped the proceeding and ordered the deputy to remove Spencer from the courtroom and return him to a holding cell.

"During that time, the defendant grabbed onto an arm rail and refused to let go," said Trupp.

As he was being escorted back to the cell, Spencer elbowed the deputy in the stomach and bit him on the arm, detectives said. Other deputies moved in to help get control of Spencer. 

"The defendant did receive some stitches as a result from a cut on his head when he fell to the ground," Trupp said.

In addition to the assault charges, Spencer, 25, was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.

Spencer has a history of resisting arrest in at least one other case, according to his court records, which date back to 2010.

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