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Man charged in five separate incidents after hurting officer during arrest, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 30 2013 05:01:19 PM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

A man injured a police officer trying to arrest him on several outstanding felony warrants, officials said.

Jamarcus A. Fennell also is facing charges in four other incidents, including criminal trespass, beating his girlfriend, stealing her purse from her car and selling heroin to a confidential police source, officials said.

Fennell struck Patrolman Phillip McGuigan in the head with his elbow, bruising the officer's left temple, as McGuigan was arresting him around 12:15 p.m. Monday at The Eastonian, 140 Northampton St., Easton, officials said.

Fennell, 23, was arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault, escape and resisting arrest and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $7,500, according to court documents.

Around 10 a.m. July 18, Fennell was seen escaping from a second-floor window of his girlfriend's apartment in the 400 block of Church Street in Easton, officials said.

Fennell's accomplice, Drew Freeman, told police he was in the home helping Fennell carry a television to a pawn shop, officials said.

Fennell's girlfriend told police he called her earlier in the morning, saying he was going to sell her TV if she didn't give him money, officials said.

Fennell was arraigned on a criminal trespass charge in connection with the incident and bail was set at $5,000, according to court papers.

Fennell's girlfriend also told police Fennell had beat and threatened to kill her around 8:15 p.m. July 17, officials said.

Fennell's girlfriend had brusies and cuts on both legs; redness, swelling and bruises on her arms; a brusie on her right eye and forehead, and swelling on the right side of her head, officials said.

Fennell was arraigned on charges of making terroristic threats, assault and harassment, and bail was set at $5,000.

Fennell also is in trouble for stealing his girlfriend's purse from her Ford Expedition around 9:30 p.m. on July 5 while the SUV was parked in the 300 block of Brodhead Avenue in Bethlehem, officials said.

Fennell fled on foot after his girlfriend unsuccessfully tried to stop him from taking her $10 purse, which contained a $10 wallet with $800 in cash, officials added.

Fennell was arraigned on a theft charge, with bail being set at $500 for that incident, according to court documents.

Finally, Fennell, using the name "Cool," sold $40 worth of heroin to a confidential police source at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 5, after telling the source by phone to meet him in a donut shop in the 700 block of Philadelphia Road in Easton, officials said.

Fennell was arraigned on charges of selling drugs and criminal use of a communications facility, with bail being set at $5,000, court papers show.

A preliminary hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 7 on the purse theft charge; 9 a.m. Aug. 8 on the charges for resisting arrest, criminal trespass and beating his girlfriend, and 9 a.m. Aug. 9 for the drug peddling charges.