Al­len­town po­lice say armed man threat­ened ex

The Morning Call - - LOCAL / STATE - By Manuel Gamiz Jr. Morn­ing Call re­porter Manuel Gamiz Jr. can be reached at 610-820-6595 or at [email protected]

A man armed with a gun threat­ened to kill his ex-girl­friend on Satur­day in east Al­len­town, but she was able to get away and run to po­lice of­fi­cers for help, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Wil­liam D. Hug­gins, 28, of Al­len­town, de­manded to know who his ex-girl­friend was in a re­la­tion­ship with and threat­ened that he was “go­ing to put a bul­let in your head and who­ever you’re with,” court records say. The vic­tim said the gun was hers but Hug­gins had taken it from her, po­lice said.

Hug­gins, of the 500 block of Turner Street, was charged with ter­ror­is­tic threats, sim­ple as­sault, false iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense. He was ar­raigned by Dis­trict Judge Daniel Trexler and was sent to Le­high County Jail un­der $75,000 bail. Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint: A witness called po­lice at 7:40 a.m. Satur­day in the 200 block of East Lin­den Street to re­port a man strik­ing a woman. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, a woman ran up to them and said Hug­gins had threat­ened to kill her, and he was also wanted by po­lice.

The woman told po­lice she was walk­ing to her car when Hug­gins drove up next to her and or­dered her into his car at gun­point. Af­ter Hug­gins made threats, she said she saw po­lice of­fi­cers walk­ing in the park­ing lot. Hug­gins gave her back the gun and told her not to leave, but she ran out to­ward the of­fi­cers.

Hug­gins drove away, but po­lice stopped him in the 300 block of Church Street. He gave them a fake name, but po­lice con­firmed his real name.

A crim­i­nal his­tory check re­vealed that Hug­gins was wanted by the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice in a 2017 pre­scrip­tion drug case. He was ar­raigned on more than 100 counts of con­spir­acy and forgery in that case and bail was set at $500,000.

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