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Charles Baldrica originally was charged with aggravated assault of W-B police officer.

Last updated: May 11. 2013 12:02AM - 7954 Views
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HANOVER TWP. — A man wanted for allegedly assaulting an off-duty Wilkes-Barre police officer and escaping from an inpatient treatment facility was captured by Hanover Township police late Thursday night.


Charles Baldrica, 31, whose last known address was Oliver Street, Wilkes-Barre, was caught after a pursuit and foot chase in the township’s Breslau section.


Baldrica was wanted when he left Clearbrook Treatment Center on April 9 without completing an inpatient program for a “serious drinking problem,” according to court records. He failed to return to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, resulting in an escape charge filed against him.


Baldrica was jailed for lack of $10,000 bail after his arrest on March 5 when he allegedly assaulted Officer Marc Labar, who was off-duty.


City police allege in arrest records that Baldrica ran onto the porch at Labar’s house and threw a glider at a front window. Labar told Baldrica to leave. Baldrica allegedly refused, telling Labar: “Just remember, I know where you live (expletive). I’m going to (expletive) you up.”


Baldrica allegedly charged at Labar, starting a fight. Blood from Baldrica spattered onto Labar and his clothing, the complaint states.


He is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in county court.


While Baldrica was in jail on the assault charge, county Judge David W. Lupas on March 27 signed a petition filed by Baldrica’s lawyer, Joseph Sklarosky Sr., that permitted Baldrica’s release from jail to be treated at Clearbrook for a “serious drinking problem,” according to court records.


The petition says Baldrica was “not a flight risk.” Two weeks later he fled from the treatment facility.


City police said they got a tip that Baldrica was at a house on Wilkes-Barre Street at about 10:20 p.m. He was spotted getting into the passenger side of a vehicle, allegedly driven by Brian M. Benn.


Benn drove around the block and returned to Wilkes-Barre Street without Baldrica, township Police Chief Al Walker said.


Police found Baldrica hiding in a shed behind the Wilkes-Barre Street house where he was initially spotted, Walker said.


Baldrica was arraigned Friday on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension. He has not been arraigned on the escape charge. He remains jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $110,000 total bail.


Benn, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with reckless endangerment and hindering apprehension. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


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