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Johnstown man accused of shoving, resisting officer

A Johnstown man is accused of assaulting a police officer after he said he was conducting a peaceful protest Monday in Cambria County. (MGN)

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A Johnstown man is accused of assaulting a police officer after he said he was conducting a peaceful protest Monday in Cambria County.

Nathan Hostetler, 20, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

According to police, they responded to Gilbert Road in Lower Yoder Township Monday for reports of a man in the middle of the road.

When police arrived, the suspect, identified as Hostetler, began yelling derogatory comments at the officer, according to the complaint.

Police said that they smelled alcohol coming from Hostetler and when the officer tried to detain him, he pushed the officer.

According to police, Hostetler began yelling threats toward the officer saying he was going to sue for violating his rights for a peaceful protest.

While waiting for backup, Hostetler once again shoved the officer who then took him down and Hostetler continued to struggle until backup arrived, according to police.

He was released from the Cambria County Prison after posting 10 percent of $5,000 bail and has a hearing set for Aug. 6.

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