A 27-year-old parent accused of biting two police officers during a Franklin Township Youth football game was arrested Saturday.
During the opening game of the season, in the last nine seconds of the game, police officers said a parent became angry about a call. The Boilermakers were playing against the Spartans, when the Boilermakers scored the winning touchdown.
"The first thing I noticed, he was jumping up and down yelling profanity," said Rachel Liford. Liford's son plays for the Boilermakers.
Police said 27-year-old Dejuan Wells came onto the field, protesting the play and cursing.
"The Commissioner asked him to leave the premises," said Liford. "[I] kinda though everything was going to be okay. After that, the next thing I know, he was throwing chairs onto the field. [He] cursed, yelling at the referees, telling them he was going to wait for them after the game."
"He was angry enough -to the point- where it was imminent he was going to do something to hurt someone," said Officer Tyneka Poland.
Officer Poland was with her fiance who is an undercover officer. They were both off-duty, watching the game at a field next to Wanamaker Elementary School. The officers said they went up to Wells, identified themselves, and asked him to leave several times. They said Wells refused to cooperate and tried to run. Officer Poland's fiance said he forced Wells down to the ground.
"Next thing I know, everyone's running to [the] field," said Liford. "He's attacking the officers." She said Wells attacked other people at the game too.
Then, the unidentified officer said Wells bit one officer first and that he did not let go until the officer punched him in the jaw.
"I had no choice really, but to help get control of him that's when he bit me also," said Officer Poland. She said he woudl not let go.
Detectives later said they had to get on top of Wells after they handcuffed him because his legs were free. They said they waited until officers wearing who would be wearing uniforms arrived because it can be a dangerous when you are off-duty.
Parents said Saturday's game was not a way to open the season. "This is a great league. [This] is my son's first football game. [I'm] sad this happened. Hopefully, they can get this under control," Liford said.
'"It is just a game. There is no child in first or second grade [that] is going to sign an NFL contract," the unidentified officer said.
Fox59 contacted board members with the Franklin Township Youth Football League. They would not comment Saturday night.
Wells has been charged with battery, battery by body waste, resisting law enforcement, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct.
He is scheduled to appear in court August 24 at 9 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.