Police: Man spat at officers, threatened family with meat tenderizer

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A man who city police say is a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club was arrested after he allegedly threatened family members with a meat tenderizer, according to court records.

Police responded to a residence in the 200 block of Parrish Street for a domestic dispute involving Justin Martin, 30, and his father, Frank Maloney Sr., and his son, Frank Maloney Jr., at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Maloney Sr. claimed Martin was out of control and wanted him arrested. He alleged Martin swung at him several times and threatened to kill Maloney Jr.

After Martin was handcuffed and escorted to a prisoner transport van, police allege he spat at several officers who were struck by saliva.

According to the criminal complaint:

Maloney Jr. told police Martin asked him for marijuana and cocaine. When Maloney Jr. told Martin to sober up, Martin allegedly threatened his brother by stating, “You’re dead, where’s my gun. I’ll stab you; I’ll get my boys after you.”

Maloney Jr. told police Martin referred to members of his biker gang.

Police said they are aware Martin is a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club.

Family requested police to have Martin committed to a hospital for a mental health evaluation as Martin allegedly threatened to harm himself. Officers explained that the family would have to obtain the mental health commitment before police could take Martin into custody.

Police also advised the family they could not arrest Martin as none of the family members were injured, the complaint says.

Martin, who allegedly was highly intoxicated, was advised by officers to stay in the house.

Officers remained at the scene when Maloney Sr. ran out of the house claiming Martin had a hammer.

When officers entered the house, Martin allegedly held a meat tenderizer he raised above his head but eventually put it down.

Martin allegedly spat at officers who were struck by saliva after he was placed into a transport van.

Martin was arraigned Monday by District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of aggravated harassment by prisoner, terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

By Ed Lewis

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