City man ar­rested af­ter in­ci­dent with gun

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY AMANDA CHRISTMAN STAFF WRITER

A gun was wres­tled away from a dr unk 23-year-old Ha­zle­ton man who threat­ened to shoot his neigh­bors Satur­day, court pa­pers say.

Ha­zle­ton po­lice were alerted to the in­ci­dent on Car­leton Av­enue around 2 a.m. and ar rested T homas J. Mar­ton­ick and seized the gun he al­legedly bran­dished.

Four city of­fi­cers and two from West Ha­zle­ton re­sponded, court pa­pers state, find­ing the vic­tims in a garage to the rear of their home at 413 Car­leton Ave. and Mar ton­ick nearby in his back­yard at 437 Car­leton Ave., in­tox­i­cated.

The vic­tims said Mar­ton­ick was never friendly with them and yelled at them be­fore, but this time the sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lated when he pulled a hand­gun from his waist, pointed it at them and threat­ened to shoot and kill them while ut­ter­ing a racial slur, po­lice wrote.

A neigh­bor heard the com­mo­tion and found Mar­ton­ick with the gun and grabbed Mar­ton­ick’s arm so two of the vic­tims, all sib­lings, were no longer in the line of fire in­side the garage.

He also at­tempted to deesca­late the sit­u­a­tion, po­lice wrote, but Mar­ton­ick didn’t lis­ten to him and pointed it at the third vic­tim, who was emerg­ing from the side of the garage. Even­tu­ally, he was dis­armed by the vic­tims and the neigh­bor, court records state, and dur­ing the fight he bit one of the broth­ers on the chest and an­other on the right arm.

One of the vic­tims ejected the magazine for the gun and kept the am­mu­ni­tion, which he later turned over to po­lice, but gave the empty gun to Mar­ton­ick’s girl­friend, court doc­u­ments state.

Mar­ton­ick told po­lice he passed by the three males in his friend’s truck ear­lier in the evening and was of­fended by the way they stared at him, po­lice wrote, so he be g an scream­ing at them about rid­ing their quads on the street and to stop star­ing.

Not sat­is­fied with the in­ter­ac­tion, po­lice said, he left his house to con­front them again, this time with a loaded 9-mil­lime­ter hand­gun on his hip.

He claimed the males at­tacked and beat him and that one of them pro­duced a knife so he pointed his gun in self-de­fense, cour t pa­pers state, but the in­ter­ven­ing neigh­bor claimed to never have seen a knife.

Af­ter be­ing dis­armed Mar­ton­ick was taken home by his girl­friend.

He faces three counts each ter­ror­is­tic threats and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, all mis­de­meanors. He was also charged with five mis­de­meanor counts of sim­ple as­sault, three sum­mary counts of ha­rass­ment and one count each dis­or­derly con­duct, a mis­de­meanor, and pub­lic drunk­en­ness, a sum­mary.

Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Joseph Spag­n­uolo Jr., Plains Twp., set bail at $10,000 on Wed­nes­day and ac­cord­ing to a court docket Marto nick re­mained in­car­cer­ated Thurs­day.

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