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NANTICOKE — Police arrested the owner of the Prospect Street Cafe after investigating an assault inside the troubled tavern Monday night.

Paul Halliday, 37, of West Ridge Street, nailed an office door shut and threatened to shoot police if they forced open the door, according to charges filed.

Halliday allegedly kicked his girlfriend when he saw her talking to another man inside a restroom, police said.

It is the second time this month Halliday has been arrested.

Police charged Halliday on March 3 with drunken driving after a pursuit that started at his tavern. He was released on the drunken-driving charges after posting $5,000 bail on March 4, court records say.

According to the latest criminal complaint:

Police responded to the tavern to investigate an alleged assault just after 10 p.m. Police heard pounding inside the tavern and learned Halliday had nailed an office door shut, threatening to shoot police if they did not have a warrant and if the door were forced open.

Halliday met an officer in the back of the tavern. Halliday was covered in blood and claimed he was slashed with a box cutter, the complaint says.

Halliday’s girlfriend, Kristyn Hischak, was found lying on the floor in the women’s restroom. She said she was talking to a man in the restroom when Halliday attacked her and kicked her in the stomach, according to the complaint.

Police allege they found a 12 mm socket with copper Brillo and a small piece of crack cocaine inside Halliday’s pocket. The socket was used as a pipe to smoke crack cocaine, police said.

Police said Halliday took the socket and banged it on the bar, trying to dislodge the Brillo and crack cocaine.

Halliday was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27.

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