Threats, spit prompt charges for alleged biker gang member

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WILKES-BARRE — An intoxicated member of a biker gang threatened his father with a meat tenderizer and spit on police officers as they arrested him Sunday night, according to police.

Justin Martin, 30, of Rear 291 Parrish St., repeatedly threatened officers and warned he would see them again when they didn’t have their badges on, police said.

Officers responded to Martin’s home around 10:25 p.m. Sunday to a report of a fight between Martin and his father, Frank Maloney Sr., who told police Martin was out of control and needed to be arrested.

Another man, Frank Maloney Jr., told police Martin asked him for marijuana or cocaine. When Maloney Jr. told Martin to sober up, Martin began slapping him repeatedly, police said.

Maloney Jr. also reported that Martin threatened kill him and that he would “get my boys after you” — a reference to his membership in the Pagans Motorcycle Club, according to police.

The altercation moved outside and Martin tried to damage Maloney Jr.’s new car, but Maloney Sr. stopped him, police said.

Police found Martin highly intoxicated and directed him to go inside the house, according to the charges. As officers spoke to Maloney Jr. about filing charges, they heard Martin screaming from inside the home and saw Maloney Sr. run outside saying, “He has a hammer!” police said.

Officers entered the home and found Martin holding a meat tenderizer, which he raised at the police briefly before complying with their commands, the charges allege.

Police say that as they loaded Martin into a transport van, he threatened them repeatedly, warning he would come back when he got out of jail. Martin then spit at police once he was placed into the van, striking two officers with his saliva, police said.

Police charged Martin with aggravated harassment by a prisoner, making terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct. Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. arraigned him on Monday morning and ordered Martin jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for June 19.

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