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October 30, 2013

Allegheny College security guard injured in scuffle with bicyclist

MEADVILLE — An Allegheny College security guard was left with broken ribs Tuesday after a scuffle with a BMX bike-riding teen who apparently took offense to being told to stop riding his bike on handrails of steps outside the college’s alumni center.

Camryn A. Shiner, 19, of 209 Diamond Alley, Irwin, is charged by Meadville police with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment for allegedly assaulting Gerard Bey, an the security officer.

Bey allegedly sustained cracked ribs in the incident, according to Joe DiChristina, Allegheny’s dean of students.

Shiner and another unnamed person were riding bicycle motocross-style bikes on the steps and handrails outside the Patricia Bush Tippie Alumni Center off North Main Street when Bey asked them to stop, DiChristina said.

Allegheny College security officers had been called to the alumni center after campus security had received a call about the bikes, DiChristina said.

“They were trying to do tricks and stunts,” DiChristina said. “They were riding the handrails. It can break the handrails.”

“Bey asked them in an appropriate manner not to do it,” DiChristina said. “The one stopped and the other took a swing at him (Bey).”

Meadville police allege Shiner pushed his bicycle into an Allegheny College officer and attempted to strike the officer when a struggle then ensued with Shiner. Security officers had to be assisted by a bystander to control Shiner while the other unnamed person with Shiner didn’t interfere, police said.

Meadville police were called to assist and took Shiner into custody.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case by Meadville police, Shiner struck Bey once in the left face area and then once in the left ribs area.

Bey was treated at Meadville Medical Center, but was released after treatment, DiChristina said.

Shiner is in the Crawford County jail in Saegertown in lieu of $30,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 2.


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