Lehigh Valley

Assault suspect, alleged flasher charged with spitting on guard

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man already facing assault and indecent exposure charges managed to get himself into more trouble inside county jail.

Authorities charged Shaka Nelson with a felony count of aggravated assault by prisoner after allegedly spitting at a Lehigh County corrections officer. District Judge Karen Devine arraigned the 33-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $15,000.

Court records indicate that Nelson allegedly spat in the corrections officer’s face on Nov. 27. Nelson has been in Lehigh County Jail since his arrest on assault charges in March 2017.

Allentown police allege that Nelson fought with a 67-year-old man in the 100 block of North Ninth Street the night of March 27. Investigators said the victim had drawn a knife on Nelson in self-defense.

When officers arrived, they found the victim on the ground covered in blood. Nelson was nearby and allegedly told officers that he didn’t know anything about an assault.

But witnesses and private surveillance video from business near the attack revealed that Nelson allegedly kicked and stomped the victim, who suffered head injuries that included a brain hemorrhage.

The same week police arrested Nelson for assault, authorities charged him with allegedly exposing himself in the Lehigh County law library, which is located inside the county courthouse.

In January 2017, Nelson allegedly exposed himself on successive days, while using a computer in the law library. Court records show that at once of the indecent exposure charges has been dropped.

Nelson is currently scheduled for a Feb. 15 status conference in county court on the assault and indecent exposure charges. He was already in county jail on a combined $60,000 bail.


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