NANTICOKE — City police officers were unexpected guests at a Nanticoke man’s birthday celebration.
Charles Jonathan Halchak, 28, was celebrating his birthday in an alcohol-fueled party and was arrested Sunday on charges he threatened another man with a gun, police alleged. A woman was also arrested after police alleged she kept interfering with officers when they were questioning witnesses.
Police allege Halchak called Luzerne County 911 just before 5:30 a.m. and said a person was refusing to leave an apartment at Apollo Circle where the party was being held.
As it turned out, several drunken witnesses told police Halchak aimed a handgun at Michael Hummel, who refused to leave the party, according to the criminal complaint.
Hummel told police he was in the apartment with several people and all had been drinking since 1 p.m. Saturday. Hummel stated Halchak began arguing with Kimberly A. Mascelli, 27, during the party. Hummel said he “stood up for her” knowing Halchak was “in the wrong” with regard to their argument, the complaint says.
Halchak told Hummel to leave the apartment. When Hummel refused, he said Halchak grabbed a handgun from the top of a refrigerator and aimed it had his head, according to the complaint.
Police allege in the complaint Halchak called 911 and told dispatchers he was going to kill Hummel if police did not appear.
Party-goers told police they wrestled the gun from Halchak and locked it in a car trunk.
Police said witnesses they questioned, including Hummel and Halchak, smelled of alcohol.
Mascelli kept interfering officers when questioning witnesses, and used two cellphones to record the interactions, according to the complaint.
Halchak, who also listed an address in Wapwallopen, was charged with reckless endangerment, simple assault, possessing instruments of crime, terroristic threats and public drunkenness and released on bail. Mascelli was charged with obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Oct. 2 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.