Two students charged after separate alleged brawls with police at Penn State football game

mcarroll@centredaily.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Two Penn State students were charged with assaulting police officers in separate incidents during the home Penn State football game Saturday, police say.

John Shaner, of Woolrich, and Alexis Mamakos, of Pittsburgh, face aggravated assault charges, and both have been placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility, according to court documents.

Shaner, 31, is accused of kicking police who were attempting to arrest him Saturday.

Police said they were citing a young woman at a separate tailgate celebration outside Beaver Stadium when Shaner approached them, leaned against an officer, stood between police and the young woman and refused to leave the scene.

Shaner is quoted in charging documents with telling his friends, “Watch me; I am going to get this girl out of trouble. That’s what I do.”

Police said they took Shaner to the ground after he refused to comply with orders and pushed away from officers who were trying to escort him away.

Shaner is accused of kicking an officer twice and head-butting a partition in the police cruiser.

Mamakos, 21, is also accused of kicking an officer.

Police said they found her lying in a field outside the stadium around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mamakos allegedly became combative when police tried to assist her, and later threw a bottle of water at officers and kicked one while being transported in a cruiser.

Attorneys for Shaner and Mamakos were not listed on court documents.

Preliminary hearings for both are set for Wednesday in Centre County Court.

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

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