Man arraigned after police incident in White Haven

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

WHITE HAVEN — A borough man was arraigned Thursday on charges he assaulted his girlfriend resulting in a police standoff that closed a state roadway.

Borough police allege Nicholas Williams Walters, 38, grabbed his girlfriend and punched her in the head on Sunday. After the alleged assault, Walters fled to his residence that was surrounded by police.

Police closed down Route 487 and had an ambulance on stand-by due to Walters being registered to own four firearms, court records say.

The incident ended peacefully.

According to the criminal complaint:

A woman told police Walters grabbed her head and shoved her down, and then grabbed her by the neck and punched her twice in the face during an argument. She attempted to call 911 but Walters bit her and smashed her cellphone.

Police said Walters fled to his residence on Route 487 where an officer noticed a damaged rear door.

The woman told police she was unaware if Walters had any firearms but police later learned he is registered to own four firearms.

A neighbor told police Walters had at least one AR-15 assault rifle.

Police closed Route 487 and had an ambulance on standby parked at a nearby lumber yard.

Walters’ father and mother were unsuccessful in contacting their son with pleas to surrender. His mother told police that earlier in the morning, Walters told her he was going to “bite a bullet,” the complaint says.

Police were unsuccessful in finding Walters inside his residence.

Court records do not say when and where Walters was arrested.

Police said the woman was treated at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Walters was arraigned by District Judge Thomas F. Malloy Sr. in Luzerne County Central Court, Wilkes-Barre, on charges of simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

By Ed Lewis

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