JESSUP TWP. — A Dallas man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a homicide in Susquehanna County.
Paul Louis Paci Jr., 22, of Dallas, was located by police in Luzerne County and taken into custody. He is being charged with an open count of criminal homicide, state police in Dunmore said in a news release.
The body of Russel Allen Fauver, 31, of Montrose, was found along Blaisure Road in Jessup Township at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday. Fauver was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
An investigation revealed that Paci and Fauver had a confrontation earlier that night and, after the confrontation, Paci pursued Fauver in his vehicle until they stopped at the location along Blaisure Road where Fauver was found, police said.
Police allege that Paci assaulted Fauver there and then fled.
Fauver died of injuries suffered in the assault, police said.
Wednesday wasn’t the first time Paci was arrested in connection with an assault.
According to a report in the the Carbondale News in November 2012, Paci was arrested after allegedly stealing a jar of $13 in change from the residence of Robert Dolph in Carbondale on Nov. 7, 2012.
When Dolph confronted Paci outside the residence, Paci struck Dolph with an iron crowbar twice — once in the head and once in the arm — then fled the scene. Dolph was treated for injuries afterward at Wayne Memorial Hospital, the Carbondale News reported.
In that case, Paci was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, one count each of recklessly endangering another person, theft, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct and a nuisance violation.
According to court records, all of those charges were dismissed in 2012, possibly because of a technicality, given that court paperwork incorrectly show the date of the offense as being Nov. 7, 2012.
Charges in connection with the incident were re-filed in 2013, this time with only one count of each of the previously filed charges. All of the charges were later withdrawn except for disorderly conduct and the nuisance violation, to which Paci pleaded guilty. He paid $450 in fines.
More recently, Paci was twice charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana — once in January 2013 and once in November 2013. Those charges were waived to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.
The drug charges were withdrawn in the January case and Paci pleaded guilty to DUI. He was completing an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program in that case, and he was still awaiting formal arraignment on the November charges when arrested on Wednesday.