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New Felonies Filed Against Man Accused Of Downtown Shooting

May 6, 2019

SCRANTON — A man accused in a downtown Scranton shooting late last month went back before a magistrate judge today to face additional felonies.

Zodi Oprisko, 32, 1120 Prescott Ave., Scranton, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Joanne Corbett on Monday on counts of kidnapping, unlawful restraint and aggravated assault. The new charges center on allegations that he held his girlfriend at gunpoint April 26, a day after the shooting in Scranton at Mulberry Street and Mifflin Avenue.

Last week, detectives charged Oprisko with attempted homicide and other counts for pulling alongside another vehicle at that intersection, pointing a shotgun out of his window and squeezing the trigger. The blast hit struck Len Floyd, 20, of Scranton, in the face. Floyd survived and is recovering at home. He left Geisinger Community Medical Center on Friday.

Oprisko is also charged with shooting at another vehicle on Interstate 84 earlier on April 25. No one was injured in that case.

However, what happened a day later helped crack the shooting cases. Moscow police say Oprisko held his girlfriend, Labree Whitney, at gunpoint and made her drive him around on April 26.

Whitney found an opportunity to escape in Moscow and jumped out of the car. Oprisko sped away. Police found him later that evening and held him on simple assault, terroristic threats, theft and firearms charges.

When he was arrested for holding his girlfriend at gunpoint, Oprisko was described by Scranton police as a “person of interest” in the downtown shooting. The initial complaint from Moscow police detained Oprisko while the Scranton shooting investigation continued; Scranton detectives filed attempted homicide charges on April 29.

Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell said authorities aimed to quickly “get him off the streets.”

Oprisko is held without bail at the Lackawanna County Prison.

A preliminary hearing on all counts against him is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.

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