Cops: Man claims he’s “diplomat” as sibling arrested

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A man from State College claimed he was a diplomat when he allegedly interfered with city police arresting his brother on North Main Street early Saturday morning.

City police patrolling the area of 111 N. Main St. observed two men fighting at about 2:25 a.m.

While officers arrested Saud Mohammed Alsaif, his brother, Abdulmalyk Mohammed Alsaif interfered, according to the criminal complaint.

Police allege Abdulmalyk Alsaif attempted to pull Saud Alsaif away from officers.

Abdulmalyk Alsaif had to be physically removed from his brother and struggled with officers when he was arrested.

Police said Abdulmalyk Alsaif told officers, “I am a diplomat, you must let me go” while he attempted to stand, refusing commands to remain seated, the complaint says.

Saud Alsaif was processed and later released. He has not been charged.

Abdulmalyk Alsaif was arraigned Saturday by District Judge David Barilla in Forty Fort on charges of obstruction of administration of justice, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was released from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Monday after posting $500 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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