City man charged at deputy, breaking his fingers, police say

Assault-related charges have been lodged against Julian Michael Smith after the 21-year-old city man allegedly charged at a county sheriff’s deputy, knocking the officer to the ground, according to Chief County Detective William Weber.

Smith faces charges of aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest and felony trespassing after he “lowered his shoulder and ran through Sheriff Deputy Jason Sparks” as the officer was reaching out to grab him, Weber said.

The incident occurred as deputies were attempting to serve Smith a domestic relations bench warrant for his arrest at his home at 302 Arch St. about 1 p.m. May 4.

After initially being told that Smith was not home, deputies heard glass breaking at the back of the house, Weber said. One of the deputies spotted Smith running away from the property and ordered him to stop.

Moments later, Smith confronted Sparks, knocking him to the ground. The fugitive was caught minutes later hiding under a boat inside a garage in the 2000 block of Lincoln Street, Weber said.

Sparks suffered fractures in two of his fingers on his right hand as a result of the incident, Weber said.

It was unknown if Smith automatically was placed in the Lycoming County Prison upon his capture.

However, he was arraigned Friday before District Judge James Carn and jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.