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Summit Hill man jailed after gun incident

Published September 12. 2019 05:27AM

A Summit Hill man has been jailed on charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Sept. 3.

Borough police said about 5:31 p.m. they were dispatched to the 200 block of West Ludlow Street for a report of a intoxicated man with a handgun.

They were told by the victim that the suspect, identified as William Cleveland, 38, had fled prior to their arrival. The victim told police that Cleveland was highly intoxicated and agitated about an incident that occurred several days prior. The victim said Cleveland came to his home while he was sitting on the front porch with a handgun. The victim said he fled into his home and called police.

Police then spoke to Cleveland’s girlfriend who said prior to the West Ludlow Street incident she came home and found Cleveland intoxicated and saying he was upset with the victim. She said he picked up a large knife and began storming around the residence. She told police Cleveland said he was going to “gut him like a fish.”

He eventually put down the knife and the girlfriend was able to take it when Cleveland left the room. When he returned he became upset that she took the knife and then retrieved his handgun and left the residence to confront the victim. A records check indicated Cleveland does not have valid firearms carry permit.

Police found Cleveland on Sept. 8 hiding in a residence in Palmerton and he was taken into custody with the assistance of Palmerton police, He was charged with terroristic threats, firearms not to be carried without a license, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and harassment. He was arraigned on the charges and committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning.

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