Two arrested following Mahoning gun incident
Mahoning Township Police reported that two arrests have occurred from a BB gun incident which occurred on Sunday.
Facing various charges are Brendyn C. Augustine, 21, of Red Oak Drive, Palmerton, and Kyle Joseph White, 18, of Becker Avenue, Northampton.
According to police, both are being charged with simple assault, criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault, and possessing instruments of crime. Augustine was also charged with careless driving and with a vehicle registration violation.
The charges were filed Tuesday afternoon in the office of District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.
Police said the two men were in possession of four various, altered BB guns, tactical vests, a military style helmet, a container half filled with BB pellets, and a propane cylinder used to refill the handgun.
The BB guns were various styles, police said. One was designed to look like a shotgun, another was designed to look like an AR-15 rifle, another resembled an MP-5 submachine gun, and the fourth was designed to look like a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Allegedly Augustine and White fired shots at two construction workers who were working on top of a building and at individuals in another vehicle.
The victims in the second vehicle called 911 and followed the car containing Augustine and White, police said.
The incident began in the vicinity of the 443 Auto Sales in Mahoning Township and came to an end when state police from Lehighton barracks stopped the vehicle in which Augustine and White were riding in Palmerton. Augustine was reportedly the owner and driver of the car.
Chief of Police Kenneth J. Barnes said that on Sunday, at about 11:36 a.m., the Carbon County Communications Center received a report of individuals in a vehicle shooting BBs at people. The vehicle, which was followed by the individual who called 911, reportedly turned onto Route 248 and reportedly was headed toward Palmerton "driving at a high rate of speed."
Police said the registration check indicated the registration expired in March 2010.
The guns the individuals had, according to police, were:
• A black BB gun designed to look like a shotgun. The gun is a pump action single shot. The orange safety tip was partially removed and had been painted black.
• A black BB gun designed to look like an AR-15 rifle. The gun is electronic and fires fully automatic. The orange safety tip had been covered with black electrical tape.
• A camouflage BB gun designed to look like a MP-5 submachine gun. The gun is electronic and fires fully automatic. There was no orange safety tip on the gun.
• A black and silver BB gun designed to look like a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The gun is gas powered and fires semi-auto. There was no orange safety tip on the gun.