Enasio Morales punches boxer, injures 2 officers while resisting arrest, police say

Author: , WFMZ.com Reporter
Published: Jun 07 2013 03:43:32 PM EDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man injured two police officers while resisting arrest for punching a bouncer, officials said.

Enasio N. Morales caused injuries to Lt. Jeffrey Herzog and Ofc. Christopher Kopp as they were trying to handcuff him after an incident at Molly's Irish Grille and Sports Bar, 4 East 4th St., Bethlehem, just before 2 a.m. Friday, officials said.

Herzog and Kopp were both treated at St. Luke's Hospital, Herzog for a chipped bone in his right elbow and strained ligaments in his left hand and Kopp for bruises to his right elbow, officials said.

Police were called to Molly's after Morales sucker-punched bouncer Wilfredo Rivera in the face, and officers located the suspect as he ran into traffic in the unit block of East Morton Street, officials said.

Morales and another man created a disturbance at Molly's about an hour earlier, after being denied entry to the bar, officials said, adding that Morales told Molly's manager that he was going to kick her butt and kill her.

Morales previously had been charged with simple assault and DUI in 2010 and aggravated assault in 2009, court papers show.

Morales, 29, of 406 Central Blvd., Bethlehem, was charged with resisting arrest, making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $8,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. June 17.