Man arraigned on threatening, firearms charges

Apparently upset with a couple parking their vehicle in front of his South Williamsport home on Percy Street, 28-year-old Michael Shane Starr got into an argument with the husband that quickly escalated into a shoving match and Starr allegedly pulling out a handgun, according to borough police Cpl.. Carl J. Finnerty.

Starr was arrested and charged with terroristic threats, recklessly endangering, disorderly conduct, harassment and a firearms violation following the disturbance that occurred in front of his home at 475 Percy St. about 8:40 a.m. Friday, Finnerty said.

A mother pushing a stroller with her 2-year-old daughter was walking across the street when the gun was pulled out, Finnerty said in an affidavit. The woman called 911.

Richard and Tammy Robbins had briefly parked in front of the house, but were pulling away when Starr came off his porch and started making “obscene gestures” at the couple, Finnerty said.

The husband, who was sitting in the passenger seat, “rolled down his window and asked Starr what was his problem,” the officer said.

The two men exchanged obscene words with one another and Richard Robbins soon got out of the car, Finnerty said.

“Both Starr and Robbins engaged each other in their personal space and chest bumped one other. Robbins shoved Starr, causing him to fall to the ground. When Starr stood up, he pulled out a handgun from a holster on his right hip and pointed it at Robbins’ head,” Finnerty said.

Robbins started to “walk away” and Starr put the handgun in his pickup truck, but the two men then again began arguing, shouting at each other, Finnerty said. A sheriff deputy flagged down by a passerby stopped and separated the two men, the officer added.

When Starr was arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman late Friday afternoon, his parents were in the courtroom.

“You elevated this situation to a whole other level when you brought in a loaded handgun,” Whiteman told Starr.

Before the judge set bail, Starr’s mother spoke.

“He’s always been a great kid. He would do anything for anyone. I really know my son, but I’ve never had this,” the woman said.

Starr was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Robbins, whose age and address were not available, will be charged with summary offenses disorderly conduct and harassment, police said.