FARRELL, Pa. (WKBN) – Officials have released the criminal complaint about the man whose arrest in Farrell gained social media attention in January.
Aries Devon Shaw faces charges including drug possession and resisting arrest.
Police said they were called to Hoon Avenue and Bond Street for reports of a man attacking women, dragging them out of the car. Officers later spoke to witnesses and said surveillance video showed Shaw and a woman attacking an unknown woman for approximately 20 minutes. The woman had a blood face but was not at the scene when officers arrived, the complaint stated.
The criminal complaint states that officers arrived to find several vehicles, clothing and a single shoe on the roadway. The complaint says multiple people were outside, including many who reported that an assault took place.
An officer then reported seeing three other officers trying to gain control of Shaw, the suspect, who was resisting arrest by refusing to put his hands behind his back.
The officer then reported seeing officers strike Shaw’s back and knee to get him under control. After failing to do so, the officer hit Shaw with a stun gun three times before placing him under arrest, according to the complaint.
During the arrest, officers reported finding a sock in Shaw’s pocket containing two bags of suspected cocaine and cocaine and/or fentanyl. In addition, four separate bundles of cash, totaling $709, were confiscated from Shaw, the complaint stated.
Police reported that officers first spotted Shaw sitting in the passenger seat of a Cadillac CTS when they arrived, and they said he appeared to be sweaty and out of breath. Shaw stepped out of the car, but when a detective asked if he could pat Shaw down for weapons, Shaw ran, according to the complaint.
The complaint says officers feared Shaw may have had a weapon because he kept reaching for his waist.
A clip of Shaw’s arrest was posted online claiming the actions of the police were improper. District Attorney Peter Acker said he reviewed the footage. He said police were acting in compliance.
Shaw will be back in court next month.
Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.