Battering ram used to force open door during WB domestic dispute

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — City police used a battering ram to force open a house door after a woman said a man refused to let her leave Monday, court records show.

Jeremy David Morgans, 40, surrendered after police threatened to stun him with a Taser inside 300 E. Northampton St.

Police allege Morgans called officers “pigs” and used a racial slur toward the woman.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police responded to a domestic dispute at the house and encountered Karen Manfre yelling out a window.

Manfre yelled Morgans would not let her outside and he was not going to allow officers inside the house.

Officers said the front and rear doors were locked.

Morgans told officers they needed a warrant to enter his house while he continued to call them “pigs.”

When Manfre attempted to leave, Morgans pushed her away and threatened her.

Officers used a battering ram to force open the front door when they heard a child crying inside the residence.

Morgans held the door closed as officers used the ram. Officers then used the ram on the door’s hinges, forcing it open.

Morgans fled into another room and surrendered when officers advised him he would be stunned by a Taser.

Morgans was arraigned by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on charges of terroristic threats, false imprisonment, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct. He remained jailed Tuesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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