Shamokin PA

Man jailed on robbery charges

COAL TOWNSHIP — A Pottsville man was jailed Wednesday night after he allegedly threatened a man with a handgun and took his cell phone in front of 43 Sheridan St., Coal Township, at 1:30 p.m.

Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan charged Lonzy Thomas Barnes, 30, of 1201 W. Market St., Pottsville, with a felony count of robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, simple assault and terroristic threats.

Brennan said Megan Miller called police and said Barnes had robbed her boyfriend, James Harris, in front of their Sheridan Street home. Harris began following the vehicle, but at some point stopped and police met him in front of the Knights of the Columbus building at Independence and Rock streets, Shamokin.

Harris said he owed Barnes about $500 for drugs, Brennan said. Harris told police he had been driving with his girlfriend and two daughters when a vehicle pulled in front of his and two men got out. Barnes was one of the men and said if Harris did not repay the money by that evening he would be killed, Harris told police.

Barnes then took Harris’ phone and threatened him with a gun, which he displayed, police said. 

Police took Barnes into custody at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Water and Rock streets. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and jailed in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.