Former Penn State football recruit Zayd Issah waives right to preliminary hearing, may face trial for alleged assault of officer

mcarroll@centredaily.comAugust 7, 2013 

Zayd Issah

— Former Penn State football recruit Zayd Issah now faces possible trial on charges he injured State College police while resisting arrest.

Issah, 18, of Harrisburg, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated assault of an officer and other counts stemming from the incident, which happened early on a Saturday morning during Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts activities.

The former standout Central Dauphin High School football player is scheduled to return to a Centre County courtroom in November for a pretrial conference.

Issah, who was dressed in a suit Wednesday and accompanied by his parents, remains free on $20,000 bail.

It is not Issah’s first brush with the law. His scholarship offer was reportedly pulled after he was charged in March with trying to pass counterfeit money in Dauphin County.

Issah was placed in the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on those charges, which include felony counts of forgery. But after his arrest in State College, he was removed from the program and again faces possible trial on the counterfeiting charges, according to court documents.

In the Centre County case, Issah was allegedly involved in a dispute with a building manager at the Beaver Hill apartment complex when police arrived. The young man pulled away from an officer and fled, police said.

It took four officers to bring Issah under control, according to a criminal complaint. Two police officers suffered minor injuries while wrestling with Issah and one officer needed treatment at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Penn State’s football program had pulled Issah’s scholarship, and university officials said he is not enrolled at the university.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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