GANT: Treasure Lake Man Accused of Burglarizing Lakeview Lodge, Attacking Employee

TREASURE LAKE, Pa. (GANT) – A local man has been accused of burglarizing the Lakeview Lodge and attacking an employee.

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Ritchie Taylor, 46, of Treasure Lake has been charged by Sandy Township police with felony counts of burglary and aggravated assault.

He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, strangulation, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Wednesday at the Lakeview Lodge in Treasure Lake, according to a news release issued by police.

Taylor entered the lodge before it was open for business and took bottles of beer from the cooler. He damaged the bar, then smashed numerous bottles and the cash register, police say.

After that, he went into the kitchen where there was an employee, and he allegedly threw a beer bottle at him. The employee was struck in the head.

Taylor allegedly “attacked” the employee who tried to “fight” him off while Taylor tried to strangle him. The assault was still in progress when officers arrived on-scene.

Because he resisted arrest, an officer had to deploy a taser to subdue him. Taylor was placed in cuffs and assisted to his feet, at which point he kicked an officer in the leg, police say.

The employee was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released, according to the report. Taylor was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Mike Morris with bail being set at $100,000.

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