A group of state parole officers walking into Long Island Pizza in the Hepburn Plaza for lunch on Thursday afternoon had to put off their meal briefly after spotting a fugitive wanted on a parole violation sitting a car outside the restaurant.
The officers approached the vehicle and ordered Dhakwan M. Kelly out of the car about 12:15 p.m. The 20-year-old man gave a false identification, but one of officers was sure it was Kelly and his office confirmed that the man was wanted.
When an officer in the group attempted to handcuff Kelly, the man bolted from the parking lot, but he did not get very far. He was apprehended on Sixth Street, just east of Hepburn Street, city police said in an affidavit. He allegedly had drug paraphernalia in his pants pocket, police said.
The state parole office is just across the street from the plaza.
Kelly, who has no known address, automatically was committed to the Lycoming County Prison on a parole violation. Arraigned Friday morning before District James Carn on charges of escape and possession of drug paraphernalia, he was recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail.