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Additional charges filed against Mickel; defendant seeks private attorney

MOUNT CARMEL — An Atlas man arrested last week on multiple offenses including terroristic threats and resisting arrest now faces additional charges including attempted escape relating to his apprehension.

Arthur Eugene Mickel, 53, of 306 E. Columbia Ave., who has a penchant for fleeing from police, was in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing relating to incidents on Oct. 10 at his residence and 302 E. Columbia Ave., Atlas.

After informing public defender John Broda that he wanted to face a preliminary hearing, court convened. But at the outset of the hearing, Broda told Senior Magisterial District Judge Richard Cashman that his client wanted to obtain a private attorney and requested a continuance.

Northumberland County Assistant District Attorney William Cole didn’t oppose the continuance and it was granted by Cashman.

The judge then arraigned Mickel on charges of attempted escape, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief filed by Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush in connection with incidents on Nov. 29 at 101 W. Wood St., Atlas.

Mickel was apprehended at the home, where he resisted arrest while attempting to escape and caused approximately $250 damage to a basement door.

Hollenbush also charged Sara and John Heddings, renters of the home at 101 W. Wood St., with hindering apprehension and obstructing administration of the law. Police said the home is owned by Amanda Lee, who was made aware of the damages.

Mickel was recommitted to the Northumberland County Prison division at SCI-Coal Township in lieu of $5,000 cash bail on the new charges. He was already incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 cash bail on a felony of criminal trespass, misdemeanors of terroristic threats, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest and simple assault, and summaries of harassment and disorderly conduct relating to the Oct. 10 incidents. Those charges were filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell. 

Mickel, who has been arrested by police several times over the years, was the subject of a manhunt seven years ago after assaulting a woman outside an Atlas cigarette store. He was involved in a violent crash in the Bear Gap area while fleeing the scene.

The defendant had been confined to a wheelchair from two broken ankles suffered in an approximate 25-foot fall from a third-story window at a farmhouse near Numidia on April 16, 2010, after escaping from authorities two days earlier.

In addition to numerous charges filed against him by Mount Carmel Township police in connection with the assault and pursuit, Mickel was charged by Locust Township police with escape after his apprehension on April 16, 2010.