On September 2, 2015, West Penn, Pennsylvania Township police sergeant Melissa M. Ruch said that she was assaulted. She gave a description of the alleged perpetrator’s vehicle, and said that she deployed her taser which made contact. Ruch, 42-years old, was treated at the scene and then flown to a hospital.
During the minutes and hours after the alleged assault, numerous state and municipal police units from several counties, along with a state police helicopter, searched for the vehicle described by Ruch and also for the man she said assaulted her.
To commemorate Patriot Day, on Sept. 11, 2015, state Senator David Argall presented Ruch with an award for her service and bravery stemming from the September 2nd incident.
On December 23, 2015, Ruch was charged with one misdemeanor count of false alarms to agencies of public safety and three misdemeanor counts of false reports to law enforcement authorities. Ruch denied the charges saying, “The truth will come out.”
On October 19, 2016, Ruch pleaded guilty to one count of making a false report to law enforcement. Prosecutors withdrew a second count of false reports to law enforcement, plus charges of false alarm and furnishing authorities with false information.