Woman arrested with Antoine McNeal charged with hindering law enforcement

By Melanie Mizenko - [email protected] | April 19th, 2017 7:22 pm

NANTICOKE — A woman arrested Wednesday with Antoine McNeal has been charged with hindering police and drug offenses.

Wakeelah Nimat Moore, of East Northampton Street, was arraigned in front of District Judge Donald Whittaker.

McNeal, 32, was arraigned by video earlier Wednesday on charges of criminal homicide and related counts. He is accused of shooting 20-year-old Brandon Smith outside a residence at 185 W. Church St. in Nanticoke on Jan. 18.

According to a criminal complaint:

Moore, 25, opened the door of her second-floor apartment at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday for State Police, U.S. Marshals and Wilkes-Barre City police. The officers were searching for McNeal.

When she was asked about McNeal’s whereabouts, she told police “he is not here.”

But when officers told her there was an active warrant for McNeal, she let them inside and they found McNeal hiding behind a bedroom door.

Officers also found six marijuana plants in the bedroom closet.

Both Moore and McNeal were taken to state police barracks in Wyoming, where Moore provided a statement.

She said McNeal called her Monday from a blocked number asking to come to her residence. He was there from 10 p.m. Monday until he was apprehended.

Moore also said the plants were hers but she was not selling marijuana.

Moore was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail. She has a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. April 27 in front of District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre.


By Melanie Mizenko

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