SUNBURY – Michael James Robinson, 56, of Shamokin, was charged Thursday by Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark with impersonating a public servant, disorderly conduct and disrupting public meetings over multiple dates and times in 2019 and at multiple locations, one of which was Monday's Shamokin City Council meeting.
He told officials and others in the room at the meeting he was there as a federal officer working on behalf of the U.S. Attorney General and was there to have them arrested. He accused council member Scott Roughton of burning his Lincoln Street home down, pacing around the room and yelling.
The Northumberland County District Attorney's Office conducted interviews with officials and people who attended the meeting, some of whom said they feared for their safety. Witnesses stated Robinson was at the meeting wearing dark colored glasses and a camouflage visor pulled over his eyes. He also allegedly carried a camouflage backpack and sat in the rear of the room.
Robinson was located in Bloomsburg and taken into custody Wednesday, where he was detained on a probation warrant and bench warrant.
He was video arraigned by Magisterial Judge Michael Toomey at 1:30 p.m. and committed to Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $150,000.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Aug. 27.