WILKES-BARRE — Unhappy with being jailed for passing bogus money, Nikita Patterson screamed obscenities at a Luzerne County judge and kicked sheriff deputies as she was carried from the courthouse, according to charges filed on Wednesday.
Patterson, 23, of Harry Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged by the sheriff’s department with simple assault, resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct. She was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and remained jailed for lack of $10,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint and court records:
Judge David Lupas sentenced Patterson on March 31 to three months to one year on a forgery conviction in connection with passing washed and reprinted $5 bills at Turkey Hill on Hazle Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 18, 2012. The bills Patterson attempted to use were reprinted as $100 bills.
City police said Patterson tried to use the bogus bills at Turkey Hill on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Township, where she was denied, before going to the store on Hazle Avenue.
After Lupas remanded Patterson to prison, sheriff deputies searched her and sat her in a chair to await shackles.
While they were waiting, Patterson and her mother screamed in the courtroom as Lupas conducted another hearing, the complaint says.
Sheriff deputies allege Patterson yelled repeatedly, “(Expletive) the judge” and “(Expletive) that judge.”
Patterson stood up and began walking toward the exit door. She pulled away from sheriff deputies and was bent over a table in the courtroom to be handcuffed while yelling, “(Expletive) you judge, this is (expletive, expletive),” according to the complaint.
Sheriff deputies removed Patterson from the courtroom through a side door into President Judge Thomas Burke’s chambers, leaving one sheriff deputy to monitor several inmates. Patterson allegedly kicked and pushed a sheriff deputy into a table and kicked over a trash can near the elevators.
Patterson was forced to the floor, where she was shackled and carried into the elevator and out of the courthouse, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 29.