SHAMOKIN — A Shamokin man reportedly pulled a gun from his waistband, dropped it and then took off running when confronted by police Sunday evening.
Curtiss Levelle Kent, 27, of 508 S. Diamond St., was eventually taken into custody and charged with a felony charge of flight to avoid apprehension and a misdemeanor of resisting arrest.
Police said the incident began when a caller reported three individuals acting suspiciously near 20 N. Coal St. at 5:23 p.m. They gave police a detailed description of one man, who was overheard talking about a gun. Approximately an hour later, the caller informed police the man was walking south near Chestnut Street.
Cpl. Bryan Primerano and Patrolman Joshua Pastucka pulled over to talk to the suspect and saw him push an item into his waistband. Primerano said he got out of the patrol car to speak with Kent, and he immediately reached into his waistband to remove a gun.
Kent dropped the gun and a foot chase ensued.
Primerano said it was a loaded pellet gun modeled after a .357 Magnum revolver with replica gold cartridges in the cylinder.
Neighboring precincts were called for backup after Kent ran south on Market Street to Arch Street and jumped into the Shamokin Creek channel, police allege. They said they later lost sight of the defendant as he ran south on Diamond Street.
Officers went back to the first block of North Coal Street, where witnesses said Kent and a female had just been at their apartment harassing them. Police were later advised that Kent and his “associates” were at 508 S. Diamond St.
The homeowner, who police did not identify, spoke with police and agreed to have Kent turn himself in. Police said Kent exited the house on crutches.
He was arraigned before Magisterial Judge Michael Toomey, of Sunbury and committed to Mifflin County Prison.