Arrest made in city armed cab robbery

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WILKES-BARRE — City police remained busy Monday after a violent weekend that involved a deadly shooting, a crash involving an officer, an arrest of a man who allegedly carjacked a cab at gunpoint and a burglary in which a suspect put a knife to the victim’s throat.

• Police released no new details Monday of a fatal shooting behind 174 S. Grant St. early Sunday morning.

An autopsy performed by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross determined Vaughn Kemp, 24, of Park Avenue, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Kemp’s death was ruled a homicide. Kemp was attending a party when he was gunned down at about 1:20 a.m. No arrest has been made.

• Burgit City Taxi driver John Elliot reported he was robbed at gunpoint by two men he picked up at Academy and South Main streets whom he then drove to a park on Charles Street on Saturday night. The two brandished a gun and demanded money, which they received, and fired two shots as they ran away from the cab. They then drove away in a white vehicle.

Officer Marc Labar was in the area and was responding to a report that the suspect vehicle was seen. Labar lost control of his police cruiser on a curve and crashed into a garage of a private residence on Riverside Drive, police said. Labar was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for minor injuries.

Police in another incident involving Burgit City Taxi arrested Sharndel L. Jackson, 24, of Bronx, N.Y., Saturday night on charges he robbed a driver at gunpoint on June 30. Police allege Jackson placed the barrel of a handgun against the head of Burgit driver William Smith and stole money and the cab, which was recovered in the area of Metcalf Street and Ivy Lane.

Jackson was arrested when Smith picked him up as a fare for a residence on Woodside Drive, according to arrest records. Smith told police Jackson paid the fare Saturday night.

Jackson remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 bail. He was charged with robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, illegal possession of a firearm, theft, terroristic threats, theft, simple assault and false identification to law enforcement.

• A woman residing in the 400 block of Hazle Avenue told police she returned home after playing bingo and was confronted by an unknown male who held a knife to her throat at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The man yelled, “Give me everything.” When the woman said she didn’t have anything, the man yelled again and fled with the woman’s purse.

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