Report: Man trespassing in disaster zone tells police ‘I’m praying you don’t find me’

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
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The U-Haul building is a pile of rubble after it was recently hit with a tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township. 6/15/18. Sean McKeag | Times Leader -

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Two men were arrested for trespassing in the tornado-stricken Arena Hub Plaza disaster area by Wilkes-Barre Township police early Friday morning.

Wilkes-Barre Township enacted a curfew lasting from 8 p.m. Thursday night to 8 a.m. Friday morning.

According to a police report:

Officers found Gregory Skrepenak Jr., 21, of Wilkes-Barre, and Marquahn Kemp, 20, of Kingston, hiding in the thick foliage on an embankment in the area of the declared active disaster zone.

When police found Skrepenak, he was lying completely still with his eyes shut.

Officers unaware if Skrepenak was conscious, asked if he was “OK.”

Skrepenak reportedly responded, “I’m praying you don’t find me.”

Skrepenak and Kemp will both be charged with defiant trespass, loitering and prowling at night time.

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The U-Haul building is a pile of rubble after it was recently hit with a tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township. 6/15/18. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TornadoDamage4-1.jpgThe U-Haul building is a pile of rubble after it was recently hit with a tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township. 6/15/18. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Dan Stokes

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