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Lansford, PA

Police in Carbon County say Friday, November 30, 2018,  a Lansford Police Department officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Bertsch Street for the report of a possible carjacking. On arrival witnesses provide the office with the description of two possible suspects and began searching the immediate area.

Authorities say the officer later located two males in the Rite Aid parking lot matching the descriptions provided. Police say one of the men attempted, later identified as Herman Thomas, gave police a false name. After obtaining the suspects proper name, police say they learned that the Thomas had multiple outstanding warrants.

As the officer attempted to take  Thomas into custody police said he fled resulting in a short foot chase. After catching up with the suspect police say began to physically assault the officer.

The officer called for help prompting a quick response from multiple other police agencies in the the area. Herman Thomas was eventually taken into custody. Both the officer and suspect were transported to a local hospital to be evaluated with non-life threatening injuries.

Upon Herman Thomas’ release from the hospital, he was charged with aggravated assault (F1), simple assault (M2), resisting arrest, and false identification to law enforcement, he was arraigned and held at the Carbon County Prison on $100,000 straight cash bail. The officer was released from the hospital and will make a full recovery.