‘Master Martial Artist’ Had to Be Tased After ‘Attacking’ Officers, Police Say

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A Lower Saucon Township Police Department SUV parked outside the department's headquarters on Old Philadelphia Pike in Lower Saucon Township (FILE PHOTO)

New details about an alleged assault that occurred in the 3300 block of Bingen Road three days before Christmas–such as that a Taser was deployed by officers–emerged in a Lower Saucon Police Department news release about it Tuesday.

According to police, officers responded to a home at 3:16 a.m. Dec. 22 for a report of a domestic assault.

They said in the news release that Brandon Petrillo, 35, of 3386 Bingen Road, “is a master martial artist who had assaulted his brother, causing injury.”

A profile for a Brandon Petrillo on the website MixedMartialArts.com says “Brandon Petrillo is a MMA fighter with a (sic) amateur fight record of 1 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws.” The profile’s fight records date from 2001-2002.

After officers responded and tried to take him into custody, police said in the news release that Petrillo allegedly attacked them and had to be subdued with a Taser, which officers were “forced to use.”

Other reports indicated Petrillo led police on a chase throughout part of the township before returning to his residence and being subdued.

“Petrillo also caused extensive damage to one of the department’s cruisers during the incident,” police said.

Petrillo is charged with felony (first degree) aggravated assault, harassment, fleeing or eluding police, institutional vandalism, recklessly endangering another person (four counts), disorderly conduct and other violations.

Although he was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail, it is unclear from court records if he remains incarcerated while awaiting his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. before District Judge John C. Capobianco.

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