Man Punches Officer Outside of Union Transfer: Police

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    A man is in custody after he allegedly punched a police officer in the face outside of a popular Philly music venue.

    Police were called to Union Transfer on the 1000 block of Spring Garden Street around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday. A security guard told police an unruly man was being held by bouncers outside.

    A police officer and two State Troopers arrived and found the guards holding 20-year-old Kevin Baker Jr. on the ground, according to investigators.

    A security guard told the troopers that Baker had punched one of the bouncers five times.

    Investigators say the officer and one of the troopers tried to grab Baker. As the officer grabbed his arm, Baker allegedly jumped up and punched the officer in the face.

    Investigators say the officer and the two troopers then wrestled Baker to the ground and were finally able to control him and handcuff him.

    The officer was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he was treated for two small lacerations and later released.

    Baker was arrested and charged with assault on police.

    The incident occurred when RL Grime, an electronic musician, and Salva, a disc jockey, were scheduled to perform inside the venue.

    A few hours later, RL Grime tweeted: