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HANOVER TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly forced a woman to perform oral sex on him.

Township police picked up William James Esser, 27, on an arrest warrant and charged him with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, terroristic threats and simple assault, police said.

Police allege that Esser on July 1 offered a ride to a 25-year-old woman at Academy and South Main streets in Wilkes-Barre, and that the woman accepted the offer because Esser seemed polite and had a 4-year-old boy in the vehicle that he told her was his son.

Esser allegedly drove to a secluded area at the end of Great Valley Boulevard in Hanover Township, forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and told her to quit screaming or he would kill her and leave her there, police said, adding that the woman suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Esser then allegedly drove the woman back to Wilkes-Barre and dropped her off. She provided police with a description of the vehicle and a license plate number and other information related to the suspect, all of which aided police in identifying Esser, police said.

Esser was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey. Unable to post 10 percent of his $20,000 bail, Esser was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30.

PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• Officers responded to A1 Diamond & Gold on state Route 315 on July 11 for a burglary report. Officers found a window smashed out on the north side of the building. The building was entered and then an adjacent entry door to Interim Health Care was forced open.

The owner of A1 reported a small safe and a diamond tester stolen. Nothing was reported stolen from Interim. Anyone with information should contact township police at 570-829-3432.

• Julia Plesnarski reported on July 11 that someone scratched the side of her car while it was parked at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

• Zaida Pena, of West Hazleton, reported on Saturday that someone entered her vehicle while it was parked at the Mohegan Sun Casino and stole her Sony CD player.

• Genevieve Nudo, of Mountain Top, reported on Monday that someone slashed the passenger-side tires on her vehicle while it was parked at the Mohegan Sun Casino. The vehicle had to be towed for repairs.

• Lisa Pernot, of Dupont, reported Monday that while her vehicle was parked near the emergency room entrance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, someone smashed the rear passenger window and stole her pink Coach purse containing various documents and cards.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Police said Brandon Zeigler, 22, of Weatherly, was driving a silver Chevrolet Blazer east on East Broad Street near Wilson Drive at about 3:05 p.m. when the Blazer struck the rear of a silver and maroon Chevrolet Astro van that Jairelys Benitez Perez, of Hazleton, was also was driving east on East Broad Street.

Zacharie Smith, 21, of Hazle Township, a passenger in Zeigler’s vehicle, was transported by APTS to Hazleton General Hospital. No other injuries were reported.

• Police were dispatched to the 100 block of West Magnolia Street at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a wanted person at that location. There, they found Quentin Moore, 48, whom police said was wanted on a probation violation. He was taken into custody and transported to the county prison.

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