City man arrested after incident with gun
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.