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East Liberty man indicted in assaults on federal employee, officers |

East Liberty man indicted in assaults on federal employee, officers

Brian Bowling
| Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00 a.m

An apparently frustrated panhandler who attacked a federal employee outside the Federal Office Building, Downtown, compounded his offense by assaulting two officers who subsequently arrested him at the nearby Greyhound bus station, prosecutors say.

A federal grand jury indicted John Clarence Whetsel, 60, of East Liberty on one count of committing an assault on federal property and two counts of assaulting a Federal Protective Service officer and a Pittsburgh police officer who was working security at the bus station and helped arrest Whetsel.

Whetsel tackled an unnamed Internal Revenue Service employee after the employee told Whetsel that he didn’t have any money, according to the indictment handed down on Tuesday.

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