18-year-old man facing charges after encounter with State College police

An 18-year-old man was arrested by State College police early Saturday morning after allegedly attempting to enter a residence without approval, and then disobeying police commands.

According to the criminal complaint, Michael Ryan Bickerton, of Alexandria, Va., was charged with aggravated assault, driver’s license violations, escape, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and underage alcohol-related offenses.

The affidavit said police responded to a residence at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday on West Fairmount Avenue after the victim said an unknown man attempted to enter the home, and then left the scene.

Police then reportedly located Bickerton — based on the description the victim gave to police — at the intersection of West Fairmount Avenue and South Atherton Street about 25 yards from the victim’s home.

Police said they approached Bickerton, who began walking away from the officer on scene and became combative when police told the man he was being detained.

“The male then pulled away, swung his right elbow at (Officer Martin) Hanes and shoved Officer Hanes in the chest, causing him to take a step back and his microphone to fly off his chest,” the report said.

The report also said Bickerton then began running south on South Atherton Street, where he tripped and fell in a driveway before police tackled him to the ground.

Bickerton allegedly attempted to break free from the hold of the two officers who tackled him.

Police said Bickerton complied with officers after police threatened to use a Taser against him.

Upon positive identification by the victim, police found Bickerton was intoxicated and in possession of a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo