First Posted: 5/6/2013
PITTSTON — Police arrested a man they said attacked a woman pumping gasoline Monday at Turkey Hill on South Main Street.
Charles Christopher Darr, 25, of Richmond, Ind., may have been under the influence of several controlled substances, police said, when he approached a woman at the gasoline island at about 7:30 a.m.
According to the criminal complaint:
Darr asked the woman for her cellphone. She replied she did not have a phone, and Darr became angry and yelled at her that she must have a phone because she has a bank card.
The woman said Darr grabbed and choked her. She screamed for help as another man was pumping gasoline at another island.
Darr grabbed the bank card from the woman who, in turn, took it off him. He tried to grab the woman’s car keys from her hand, resulting in the woman suffering an injury.
Police said Darr ran into the store and stood near the entrance yelling, “It’s a conspiracy and they’re setting me up.”
Darr continued to yell and resisted arrest, police said. Police said they had to stun Darr several times with a Taser until he was detained inside the store.
Darr escaped from the store, kicked an officer and was tackled by a patron in the parking lot, police said. Police transported Darr to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he was treated.
At his arraignment before District Judge Andrew Barilla Monday afternoon, Darr said he was staying with a relative for a few days.
Darr was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, escape and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.
Police said he has a robbery conviction in Indiana. Darr told Barilla he served four years for the robbery conviction.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 15.