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Lehighton couple charged after knife threat at pizza shop

Published January 16. 2014 05:00PM

A Lehighton man has been charged with pulling a knife and threatening to kill a man at a Lehighton pizza shop.

Richard Michael Roberts has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another person and possessing a prohibited offensive weapon.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Officer Michael J. Svetik of the Lehighton Police Department, police were dispatched to Alfie's Pizza Shop at 136 S. First St., at 10:04 p.m. Monday, because of a report that a man had pulled a knife on another man.

When Svetik arrived he saw several people walking away from the pizza shop in the area of PNC Bank on S. First Street.

As soon as the officer pulled over and began getting out of the car, he saw one of the men throw a silver object, which appeared to be a knife, in front of him.

Svetik ordered the man who threw the knife, and the other men and woman accompanying him, to lie on the ground. Svetik then requested backup to respond to the scene.

Once the backup had arrived, Svetik determined that the object that was thrown was a silver Remington knife.

Roberts was identified as the man who threw the knife. Svetik then searched Roberts and found two additional knives in his clothing.

Through his investigation, Svetik learned that Roberts had followed the victim outside the restaurant and threatened to kill him.

Roberts had pushed the victim to the ground, pulled out the knife and put it against the victim's throat.

The victim took off running to his apartment, which was a short distance away from Alfie's.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Roberts at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Also arrested in the incident was Elizabeth Tansley, 25, of 130 N. First St., Lehighton, the woman who was accompanying Roberts.

Police said Tansley was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault on a police officer, institutional vandalism, public drunkenness, and violating the borough ordinance which prohibits drinking alcohol in public.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tansley at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Tansley's charges were filed because she attacked the police officer when the couple was taken back to the station for booking following the incident.

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