Police: Teen assaulted workers

CRESSON – A juvenile detention center resident is facing 20 criminal charges, 10 of them felonies, for a Sunday assault on at least three Youth Corrections workers that authorities said lasted more than an hour.

According to state police at Ebensburg, Davon Lee Holmes, 18, of Pittsburgh was given a broom about 8 p.m. Sunday so he could clean his room at the Cresson Secure Treatment Center, a juvenile detention center operated by Justice Resource Institute through a contract with Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare.

Holmes then became argumentative, police said, and refused to put the broom down. Police said he then began swinging the broom like a baseball bat, attempting to strike a worker.

The worker then placed a call for assistance in order to get Holmes under control, with at least two others arriving to help restrain Holmes, police said.

Police said Holmes was able to strike three workers in the face and head with closed fists and spit on them. Police said Holmes also managed to bite two of the workers, breaking the skin and causing bleeding, bruising and edema.

Police said after initially being restrained, Holmes told workers he “was done” and asked to be returned to his room. But when he was allowed to regain his footing, he renewed his assault on the workers until he finally ceased more than an hour later.

Holmes was transferred to Cambria County Prison Tuesday, unable to post 10 percent on a $50,000 bail.

He is charged with six counts of aggravated assault, three counts of aggravated harassment by a prisoner and one count of assault by a prisoner, all felonies.

Holmes also is charged with four counts of misdemeanor simple assault and three counts of recklessly endangering another person and three summary offenses for harassment.

A preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Galen F. Decort is scheduled for Nov. 13.

State law limits public access to juvenile court and arrest records, so it is unclear why Holmes was housed at the center.