Mont Co Man who wrecked Treatment Facility Gets Probation and Time Served
A Montgomery County man pleaded guilty in August for rampage at local drug detoxification facility last year.
Josef Riley, 28 was sentenced to three years probation for his guilty plea to terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and related offenses.
The most serious charge of aggravated assault was dropped at the district court level.
One Bristol Borough officer sought treatment after the September, 2020 incident at Guadenzia a substance abuse treatment facility on the grounds of Lower Bucks Hospital. .
Riley, 27, of Harleysville, was fighting and threatening staff, and blocked the front entrance way prior to police arriving on scene, according to court record during the September fracas.
Two officers on the scene found Riley in the lobby with debris, including glass, picture frames, bookshelves, chairs, and a clock strewn all over the floor.
Riley refused to comply with law enforcement attempts to stop him and pulled the door shut. An officer ripped the door open and Riley “squared up and clenched his fists taking a fighting stance,” police said, adding the man was becoming more agitated, court papers at the time said.
Another officer arrived and Riley stated he raised his fists which forced an officer to deploy his Taser, but the probes did not penetrate his skin, police said.
Riley was forced to the ground and was still resisting as officers worked to detain him, police said.
Officers were eventually able to get Riley into custody and transport him to a holding cell to await arraignment.
While being transported away from the treatment center, Riley reportedly threatened an officer, police said.
At the time, an officer required medical treatment for an unspecified injury at Lower Bucks Hospital. He was treated and released.
Riley’s case was transferred to Montgomery County for supervision as part his sentencing.