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Man with concealed gun arrested at bus station

February 25. 2014 11:41PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A man with a handgun concealed in his waistband was arrested at the downtown bus station Monday after he allegedly refused to show his permit to carry a concealed weapon to police.

City police were summoned to the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center at about 2:30 p.m. after receiving a complaint from a Martz employee of a man there with a gun.

The employee told police he saw a black handgun in the front waistline of the man’s pants and pointed out the man to police.

Officers approached the man, observed a semi-automatic handgun in his front waistline and asked him to walk with them to a part of the lobby that had no other people. They told the man a Martz employee called them to advise them that there was a man with a gun in the facility and an officer asked to see his concealed weapons permit, police said.

The man, whom police later identified as Randy Scott Hules Jr., of Edwards Street, Plymouth, refused, police said.

An officer told Hules he had to show the permit, and he again allegedly refused. Police asked him for identification, told him Martz personnel did not want him on the property with the handgun and told him he would have to leave the property, police said.

Hules then allegedly started yelling that he was not going anywhere, that he knows his rights and the Second Amendment to the Constitution and that he does not have show police anything, police said.

Officers took Hules into custody and escorted him out of the bus terminal.

When officers were outside the bus terminal, Hules stated that his concealed carry permit was in his wallet in his back pocket. Officers patted down Hules and found a loaded 40-caliber Glock handgun inside his front waistband and his wallet in his rear right pants pocket.

Inside the wallet was Hules’ Luzerne County concealed weapons permit. Police then established Hules’ identity.

Hules was transported to Wilkes-Barre City Police Headquarters were he was processed and charged with violation of the Firearms Act — proof of license required on demand; criminal trespass/defiant trespass and disorderly conduct by unreasonable noise.

Hules was arraigned Tuesday and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 6.

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