Multiple people charged with crimes in Lycoming County

After being pulled off the bed by her ankles, the girlfriend of Jelani Johnson sought shelter in a bathroom, but the man “punched and kicked his way in and cornered (the woman) in the shower,” city Patrolman Tom Bortz alleged in an affidavit.

As the woman “cowered to the floor, Jelani Johnson, towering over her, punched her twice in the head screaming ‘If you don’t answer me, I’m going to (expletive) you up. I’m going to hurt you. Is that what you want,’ the officer wrote in the affidavit.

The alleged assault and disturbance occurred where the two live, at 1060 Hepburn St., Bortz said, adding that officers were called after neighbors heard the commotion about 8:45 p.m. on June 5.

Responding officers “could hear Johnson screaming from down the street,” Bortz said. It all started with an argument between the couple “over a set of missing keys,” he added.

Once in custody, Johnson was arraigned before District Judge Aaron Biichle on charges of terroristic threats and simple assault. Initially jailed in the Lycoming County Prison, Johnson is free on $35,000 bail.

Biichle handled several other cases, including Brittany Lee Snyder, 21, of 1034 Tucker St., who has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, theft by deception and conspiracy for allegedly stealing two speakers and a pair of sneakers from Kohl’s, 251 William St., between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19, city Patrolman Tyson Minier said.

The deception charge stems from Snyder allegedly trying to sell one of the speakers online, Minier added. Following her arraignment Snyder was released on $2,500 bail.

Another woman charged with misdemeanor shoplifting at the same store was Cassandra Marker, 31, of Reedsville, Mifflin County, who allegedly tried to steal $144 worth of merchandise from the business in mid-November, city Patrolman Clinton Gardner said. Arraigned on Monday by Biichle, Marker was free on $2,500 bail.


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