DANVILLE — A Shamokin teen, being admitted to the hospital as an involuntary commitment, faces charges on the Montour County Court level for putting a Geisinger Medical Center security guard in a choke hold and punching him in the face.

Eric L. Gammon Jr., 18, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder reduced his bail to unsecured bail so he could be released later in the day.

Attorney Davie Noon represented Gammon. County District Attorney Angela Mattis is prosecuting the case.

Mahoning Township police met with the defendant and his parents, Ken Gammon Sr. and Roberta Gammon. The father said his son left his room on the fourth floor and went down the hall to the elevator because he wanted to leave March 22. The son returned to his room after a brief conversation.

Once in the room, he became very agitated and picked up a chair with the father able to talk him into putting it back on the floor.

Security guards then arrived. Following a heated conversation, an altercation started with the son admitting he grabbed a security guard by the waist.

Nurse Stephen Rittle said Gammon repeatedly said he was leaving and he would fight anyone who tried to stop him.

She said he charged security guard Kenneth Meyer with his right arm raised and put him in a rear choke hold, causing them to fall in the hallway. Rittle estimated the hold lasted 10 to 15 seconds.

Another security guard pulled Gammon Jr.’s arm from Meyer.

Meyer told police he couldn’t breathe, had pain in his neck and Gammon punched him in the face.

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