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Police allege mom tackles officer trying to corral out-of-control son

Authorities received 911 call reporting teen

N. CATASAUQUA, Pa. - Police allege a Northampton County woman tried tackling the police officer, who tried to control her out-of-control son.

North Catasauqua police charged Janice Kovacs with a single felony count of aggravated assault for the alleged incident inside the family’s Fourth Street home on Sunday. She was released on $1,000 unsecured bail following her arraignment Sunday night by District Judge Patricia Broscius.

Borough police were dispatched to the home in the 1100 block of Fourth Street home in response to a 911 call from someone reporting that her 13-year-old brother was “out of control,” assaulting her mother and destroying the home.

The responding officer said no one responded when he knocked on the door and rang the doorbell. A 911 dispatcher called the house, and the original caller said her brother wouldn’t let her open the door, according to court records.

Authorities said they could hear screaming, yelling, crying and the sound of things being thrown inside, according to records. A woman yelled at police to go away because no one called them.

An officer, who had demanded someone open the door, was pushed back on the front porch and the door slammed in his face after someone cracked open the door. He then managed to push the door open, which was slammed on his foot.

A pair of police officers managed to force open the door, and the teen allegedly started pushing and swinging at one of the officers, knocking a flashlight out of his hand. Police allege Kovacs grabbed the flashlight and tried to take the officer’s handcuffs.

As an officer grabbed the teen, Kovacs allegedly jumped on his back, knocking him into a staircase and allowing the boy to run into the kitchen. A second officer intervened and pulled her off his back.

The 46-year-old’s next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 1.


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