A former SEPTA transit officer is accused of handcuffing a woman who tried to file a complaint against him in the aftermath of an argument that erupted inside a Dunkin’ Donuts Christmas morning.
Douglas Ioven, 42, will be charged with official oppression, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, simple assault, obstruction of law and retaliation against a witness, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Prosecutors said several people were standing in line at the Suburban Station Dunkin’ Donuts this past Christmas around 8:30 a.m., when Ioven cut in front of them to place an order. Ioven was then employed as a SEPTA police officer and was on duty at the time, according to investigators.
One of the women in the line accused Ioven of stepping on her foot and asked for an apology, prosecutors said. The move touched off a confrontation between the woman and Ioven that only ended when another patron “stepped in and asked everyone to get along because it was Christmas,” prosecutors said in the release.
The woman decided to file a complaint with Ioven’s supervisor, but when she arrived at the transit police office, she found Ioven was the only officer there, prosecutors said.
When the woman informed Ioven of her intentions, he allegedly threatened and handcuffed her. When she refused to leave, Ioven charged her with disorderly conduct, officials said. Those charges were eventually dropped.
Ioven surrendered to police but had not yet been processed Thursday evening.