Hanover Twp. homeowner holds alleged trespasser at gunpoint

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

HANOVER TWP. — Despite living only a block away, a township man reeking of alcohol was held at gunpoint after he attempted to enter a house “to get out of the rain” early Thursday, according to court papers.

Township police allege Mark Dawson, 39, of Garrahan Street, attempted to enter a residence on Shawnee Street just after 4 a.m.

A barking dog inside the Shawnee Street house alerted the homeowner, who grabbed a pistol and held Dawson at gunpoint until police arrived, court papers say.

A block separates Garrahan and Shawnee streets.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police responded to the 500 block of Shawnee on a report that a man unknown to the homeowner entered his house. The homeowner told police he was sleeping on a couch while his wife and three children were sleeping in bedrooms.

When Dawson entered, a dog began to bark, awakening the homeowner who said he “witnessed a man half inside my house.” The homeowner grabbed a pistol and told Dawson not to move.

Dawson attempted to run and was chased by the homeowner.

Police encountered Dawson with his hands in the air and the homeowner holding his pistol.

Dawson told police “I was just trying to get out of the rain” and was “coming home from the bar.”

The suspect reeked of an alcoholic beverage.

Dawson was arraigned in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at night, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


By Ed Lewis

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