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Lansford man charged by police with escape

  • Travis P. Johnson
    Travis P. Johnson
Published September 30. 2013 05:00PM

Travis P. Johnson, 23, of 43 Leisenring St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Sept. 26 at 533 E. Patterson St.

Johnson is charged with escape.

He was taken to Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, before being arraigned Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

At 1:57 a.m. Thursday, Lansford police Officer Joshua Tom received a call about a possible stabbing during an altercation between two men outside of Miner's Pub. The actor was identified as Johnson by bar owner Karen Mantz, who said he was inside the bar.

As Tom arrived in a marked cruiser, Johnson came out of the bar, followed by Mantz. He walked in front of the cruiser, across East Patterson Street. Mantz yelled to Tom that Johnson was the man in question, and Tom yelled at him to stop.

Johnson refused to stop, and ran. Officer Tom chased Johnson, who ran between a house and a shed on East Patterson Street, yelling for him to stop running. Tom again yelled for Johnson to stop, but he refused, climbing over fences to elude police.

The affidavit says the police officer saw that Johnson was wearing a black T-shirt, tan pants, black shoes, glasses, and was carrying a red sweat shirt. He radioed the description to other officers.

Tom went back to the bar to check on the victim and to secure the area. He learned via radio that Coaldale police had apprehended Johnson on East Bertsch Street.

Johnson was brought back to the bar, where he was positively identified by Mantz and by bartender Nicole Lynn as the man involved in the stabbing.

While on scene, the assisting officers found, in the same path taken by Johnson as he fled, a small silver knife with blood on the blade, and the red sweat shirt Tom had seen him carrying.

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