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Police: NY Fugitive Captured With Stolen Gun In W-B

September 5, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Failure to signal a turn led to the arrest of a New York fugitive who was illegally in possession of a stolen gun, according to police.

Michael Harrell, 27, of Brooklyn, was captured Saturday evening after a state trooper observed a black Ford E350 that was traveling on North Franklin Street fail to signal a turn onto West Chestnut Street.

The complaint said the trooper pulled the van over shortly after 7 p.m. and identified the driver as Harrell, who had an active warrant from New York on robbery charges. Police said Harrell was also wanted in Montgomery County on drug charges.

The trooper arrested and searched Harrell, finding a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol in a backpack, the complaint said.

The firearm had been reported stolen, and Harrell is also prohibited from possessing guns because he was previously convicted of robbery, according to the complaint.

Troopers charged Harrell with receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm.

Magisterial District Judge Ferris Peter Webby Sr. arraigned Harrell on Saturday night and ordered him jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $150,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for Thursday.

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