Nanticoke police apprehend alleged parole fugitive

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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NANTICOKE — Too exhausted from running, Michael Anthony Epps surrendered to city police after a long foot chase, they say.

Police said Epps, 19, of Main Road, Hanover Township, gave up while trying to hide in shrubs in the area of 1 W. Broad St. just after 11 p.m. Monday.

Epps was wanted by the state Department of Probation and Parole on a violation.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police spotted Epps, who they knew was wanted, in the area of South Market and East Main streets.

Epps took off running on South Market, through alleys and across Patriot Park Square and back again on South Market. Police last saw Epps running through the parking lot of FNCB Bank.

While searching the area, Epps was found hiding in shrubs.

The teen told officers he was physically exhausted from running.

Epps also admitted he ran from police because he was wanted and did not want to return to jail. Epps claimed he was aware he was wanted because he received mail last week from the parole department.

Epps was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $15,000 bail and on the parole violation.


By Ed Lewis

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