Williamsport teen locked up on charges of allegedly pointing gun at two girls
A Williamsport teen faces several charges after he provoked a fight Sunday that resulted in him pointing a handgun at two female minors on Baldwin Street, city police alleged in an affidavit.
Nigel Staten-Chambers, 17, of 1250 W. Fourth St., has been charged as an adult with aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person after he pulled a gun on two girls getting ready to attend a vigil.
The two girls were among “multiple people who had gathered” on Baldwin Street outside the home of the late Riley McDowell before heading to a scheduled vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary death of McDowell, Sgt. Jody Miller said. The 16-year-old boy who was slain at Fourth and Rural avenues. No arrest has ever been made in the case.
Driving a car, Staten-Chambers pulled up to the crowd about 4:40 p.m. and got out of the vehicle, Miller, the arresting officer, said.
Staten-Chambers then made “punching-slapping” motions at the faces of two females who returned his gesture by punching back, the officer said.
Staten-Chambers then stepped away from the girls and raised his fists as if to fight before he reached into his waistband, pulled out a handgun and paced to his right with the gun pointed along his leg, Miller said. Then, Staten-Chamber raised the pistol, cocked it and pointed it at the two girls.
“You don’t want to do this,” Staten-Chambers said in response to several males who came to the females’ side.
“This statement was meant to intimidate the females with threats of physical retaliation if a fight would continue or if additional persons were to be involved,” Miller said.
Staten-Chambers then got back in the car and drove off before police arrived, Miller said.
The teen was arraigned before District Judge Arron Biichle and jailed in the Lycoming County Prison during an arraignment Tuesday afternoon. Biichle posted bail for $125,000 because Staten-Chambers used a firearm.
During the arraignment, Miller informed the judge that there were already “two active cases” in juvenile court involving the teen.