WILKES-BARRE — A New Jersey man allegedly tried to escape custody with a handcuff around his wrist after he wrested away from city police officers investigating a disturbance at the Sherman Hills apartment complex over the weekend.
Police said a pellet gun altered to give it an appearance of a handgun fell from the waistband of Malik Omar Moore, 33, during the struggle in a hallway at 328 Parkview Circle on Saturday.
Moore was arrested when he was stunned by a Taser, police said.
According to a criminal complaint:
Police responded to the complex when Moore kicked in a door in an attempt to force it open to access a woman’s apartment at about 12:20 a.m.
The woman told police Moore was drinking in her apartment earlier in the day, but she did not want him to return.
Moore refused to show his hands and kept one hand near his waistband.
Moore struggled with two officers and yelled, “You’re not arresting me.” An officer managed to secure one of Moore’s wrists in handcuffs but Moore managed to break away, running down a hallway to a stairwell.
An officer caught with up Moore, who continued to struggle.
A pellet gun that appeared to be a handgun fell from Moore’s waistband as he fought with officers.
Police stunned Moore with a Taser before his wrists were secured in handcuffs.
Officers found a plastic bag of suspected marijuana and a scale in Moore’s backpack.
Moore was arraigned by District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township on charges of illegal possession of a weapon, simple assault, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, escape, disorderly conduct, criminal attempt, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained jailed Tuesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail.