Admitted heroin addict jailed on assault charges

During a physical confrontation in the 2200 block of Lycoming Creek Road about noon Wednesday, Amanda Bidetti managed to place Old Lycoming Township police Det. Sgt Christopher Kriner in a chokehold, “applying pressure to his neck and reducing his ability to breathe,” according to an affidavit.

Kriner was attempting to take the woman into custody after he ran from her, police said. The officer initially gained control of the 28-year-old woman, taking her to the ground and getting her hands behind her so he could handcuff her, police said.

However, she broke free and “was able to get on top of Kriner as the two struggled into some shrubbery along a driveway,” the affidavit stated. After both the officer and Bidetti got to their feet, Kriner suddenly found himself in the chokehold, with “his neck between her forearm and bicep,” police said. Kriner realized he would black out if he soon did not regain control of the situation, police said. “He reached over his head and grabbed Bidetti’s hair and was able to pull her off his back, thereby releasing his throat,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Bidetti, of Brooklyn, N.Y., then ran a second time, but was quickly nabbed with the help of another officer who arrived on the scene. Police had initially been dispatched to the neighborhood because Bidetti, who at first gave a false identification, was trespassing at a business, court records stated.

Near the shrubbery where Bidetti fought with Kriner, police recovered her purse that contained drug paraphernalia and a New York State card with her real identity, the affidavit stated. Following her arraignment before District Judge William Solomon on charges of aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment and drug paraphernalia, Bidetti, an admitted heroin addict, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison on no bail.


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