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W-B Man Charged With Sex Assault Following Traffic Stop

January 8, 2019

A Wilkes-Barre man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly fled from a Sunday night traffic stop during which a woman told police the man had threatened to kill her. According to an affidavit filed by city police, officers observed a Subaru Outback traveling the wrong way on one-way Lehigh Street at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Police pulled the vehicle over in the 300 block of South Grant Street. The driver, a woman, got out of the vehicle and ran toward an officer, screaming “He’s got a gun and he is going to kill me,” the affidavit states. The passenger, later identified as Derek King-Kears, jumped out of the vehicle and ran away, according to police. Emergency medical personnel treated the woman, who was bleeding from the cheek and forehead. She told police she met King-Kears, a former neighbor, at a laundromat earlier Sunday night, and he later sexually assaulted her. She was taken to a local hospital for further treatment. Police found King-Kears on Park Avenue, but he again ran away, before officers finally captured him in the enclosed porch of a Hickory Street home where he was hiding, according to the affidavit. At the hospital, the woman told police as she drove King-Kears home from the laundromat, he pulled out a pistol, ordered her to pull over and stop the vehicle, then demanded she perform oral sex on him, the affidavit states. The woman said he placed the gun on her throat and told her he would kill her if she refused. King-Kears, 24, was charged with felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated assault and criminal trespass, and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Monday and sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117

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