Police allege Saudi man groped women at bar
Alzahrani charged with assault, fleeing officers
A Saudi Arabian man faces criminal charges for allegedly groping two women at an Ebensburg bar before running away from police.
Majed Saeed Jamaan Alzahrani, 28, was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Frederick Creany on criminal charges, including two counts of indecent assault without consent.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Ebensburg Borough police, officers were called early Thursday to the Castle Pub bar on North Center Street to respond to an “unknown problem.”
Police said they arrived to find a bouncer trying to calm Alzahrani.
But as an officer approached, Alzahrani ran, refusing to stop when ordered to do so, police said.
Alzahrani continued to flee onto West Lloyd Street, where he found a county-owned vehicle in a parking lot, police said, noting Alzahrani attempted, unsuccessfully, to enter the car.
The officer finally was able to catch up to Alzahrani near South Cherry Street, where he was arrested, according to the complaint.
The officer then went back to the bar, where two women told him Alzahrani had grabbed their breasts and buttocks.
A bouncer told police Alzahrani “was hitting on nearly every female in the bar,” according to the complaint.
The bouncer reported Alzahrani was asked to stop the behavior but refused, police said.
Online court documents show Alzahrani faces the two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault, as well as a felony charge of criminal attempt to steal a motor vehicle and lesser charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
As of late Thursday afternoon, online court documents showed Alzahrani remained in Cambria County Prison unable to pay 10 percent of $10,000 bail.
He is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 before Creany.
Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.