WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton man charged with pistol-whipping one man and holding others against their will in a November 2012 incident will stand trial on related charges in September.
Reginald McCoy, 42, of Peace Street, appeared Wednesday in Luzerne County Court, where he was expected to enter a guilty plea to three related charges based on an agreement made at the time of his preliminary hearing. Instead, McCoy said he elected to stand trial, resulting in Assistant District Attorney Molly Hanlon Mirabito reinstating the original 10 charges against McCoy.
McCoy will be tried Sept. 3 on two counts of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of harassment and one count each of unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and resisting arrest, said County Judge David Lupas.
McCoy is represented by attorney Charles Ross.
McCoy previously had been jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility but was released in May on $25,000 unsecured bail that carries a number of conditions, including a curfew, counseling and having no contact with victims involved in the case.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Hazleton police, they were called on Nov. 25 to Monges Street for the report of a man who was assaulting people with a gun. Police were told one man, Gary Stemko, had been pistol-whipped and that several other people were being held against their will in a nearby house.
Stemko told police he was sleeping when he heard a man he identified as McCoy yelling outside. McCoy kicked open the door to an apartment on Lyons Court, Stemko said.
McCoy allegedly said he was looking for a man known as “Twinky” and he was going to kill “Twinky” and his whole family.
Stemko said he was confronted by McCoy, who hit him in the head with a pistol, according to the complaint. McCoy then ran to the Lyons Court home, Stemko said.
Police said they could hear yelling coming from inside the apartment. Police said two adults and three children 6-years-old and under were also in the apartment, hiding in a bedroom.
McCoy was using a pellet gun in the incident and had struck a male inside the apartment with it, police said.
When police tried to place McCoy in a police vehicle, he spit in the car, refused to walk and had to be carried by officers, police said. McCoy continued to spit on officers at police headquarters, according to the criminal complaint.