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Window breaker arrested in Tamaqua hours earlier

Published March 15. 2013 05:03PM

Less than 15 hours before going on a window smashing spree in Lansford on Wednesday, Carl Robert Stevens Jr., 33, with addresses in Lansford and Nesquehoning, was picked up by Tamaqua police for public intoxication.

Patrolman Thomas Rodgers was monitoring traffic at 1 a.m. Wednesday when he saw a male staggering in the 800 block of E. Broad Street. The male, who kept stumbling into traffic, was carrying a can of Busch beer. Rodgers contacted the male and asked for identification.

The man, later identified as Stevens, offered him a Coach wallet and indicated he had a knife in his pocket. A pat down search also found a woman's M&T bank card in Steven's pocket.

The wallet contained information that suggested its owner was the same as that of the bank card. Coaldale police contacted the woman, who stated that Stevens had been in her home between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesday. She didn't realize the wallet was missing until contacted by police.

As Stevens sat in Cell Block 2 at the borough police station he became unruly, urinating on the floor and threatening to defecate in his hands and throw it at the officers.

A short time later, a woman, identified as Ashley Marasiak, arrived at the station looking for Stevens. She told officers they had been at a local establishment, where Stevens left after getting into a confrontation with another customer. When asked if Stevens had used the M&T bank card to purchase his alcohol, Marasiak stated she had paid for the drinks.

Stevens was released into her custody and was cited for public drunkenness. Officers are still investigating the theft of the wallet and additional charges are pending.

On Wednesday afternoon Stevens was arrested for going on a rampage and smashing all the windows in the Lansford Police Station and the Lansford tax collector's office.

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