WILKES-BARRE — Taleek Sistrunk, 21, of 308 N. Empire Court, Wilkes-Barre, swatted microphones and threatened to spit saliva at reporters as he was escorted by city police from district court on Thursday.
“Everybody better get out of my face before you all get spit in your face. Move!” a shackled Sistrunk bellowed to reporters who followed him to a city police prisoner transport van. Sistrunk made a noise with his throat, suggesting he was about to launch saliva from his mouth. An area TV reporter jumped out of the way, and Sistrunk, jailed for lack of $50,000 bail, was returned to Luzerne County jail.
Sistrunk was in district court for a preliminary hearing that was continued until Sept. 12. City police allege Sistrunk was one of three people arrested on simple assault charges after officers investigated a fight at 91 N. Empire Court on Aug. 24.
That incident occurred about four hours after a shooting at the Sherman Hills apartment complex left two girls injured with gunshot wounds. Authorities said they are trying to determine if there is any connection between the two incidents.
Authorities have not identified the shooter.
Investigators believe one of the shooting suspects attempted to leave town in a 1999 Dodge minivan with a tire on the roof. The vehicle was seized in the area of 510 S. Empire St. after the shooting and fight on North Empire Court.
Police allege Sistrunk, Jevaun Brown, 24, of 19 S. Empire Court, and Trevor Whitaker, 266, of Brooklyn, N.Y., assaulted two people over a missing bank card, according to arrest records.
No charges have been filed related to the shooting.