Homeless man charged with threatening people with knife

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A homeless man was arraigned Tuesday for threatening a man who gave him a place to stay, according to court records.

City police arrested Shaun Ricci, 30, when he returned to a residence in the 100 block of Wyoming Street just after 2 a.m.

Hours earlier, police allege, Ricci threatened two people with a pocketknife.

It’s not the first time Ricci has been arrested on charges he threatened others.

Larksville police arrested Ricci in October 2014 after he threatened to kill a man in Plymouth. He was sentenced in October 2015 to six months to 23 months in prison, court records say.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Tuesday’s case:

Frank Miller told police he had been at a bar with Ricci, whose behavior was out of control.

Miller allowed Ricci to stay at his apartment that he moved into on Sunday with three other roommates because Ricci had no other place to go.

Ricci stood in the kitchen at one point, making rude comments and threats.

Miller and his girlfriend, Brittney Evarts, ignored Ricci for more than an hour. When Miller went to the kitchen, he claimed Ricci pulled out a pocketknife and said, “I will gut you like a fish.”

Ricci fled the apartment when Evarts called 911.

As an officer spoke to Miller and Evarts, Ricci sent them threatening text messages.

Evarts called Ricci and put the call on speaker. During the call, Ricci told Evarts, “Frank will not make it into work tomorrow.” That statement was heard by the officer.

The officer left the scene but parked nearby, arresting Ricci when he returned to the residence.

Ricci had a bag of suspected marijuana in his pocket and a bag of marijuana in a wallet.

Ricci was arraigned in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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