SUGAR NOTCH - Police on Saturday captured a Wilkes-Barre teenager charged with assaulting a police officer while he fled from an underage drinking party in April.
Muhsin Sharif, 19, of South Hancock Street, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment, underage drinking and defiant trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail after his arraignment on Saturday.
Police had been searching for Sharif since May 15 when an arrest warrant was obtained from District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township. Police visited Wilkes-Barre Area’s GAR High School when school was in session in late May to arrest Sharif who eluded capture.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police investigated an underage drinking party on private property in woods near Maffett Street on April 5. Several people fled, including Sharif and two other people on an all-terrain vehicle. Sharif was sitting in a handlebar utility rack on the ATV and fell off the vehicle when the driver made an abrupt turn.
Sharif resisted arrest striking an officer in the face with his elbow during a struggle, the complaint says.
Police said party goers identified Sharif as the person who allegedly struck the officer.
Sharif allegedly posted on his Facebook account on April 6, “Got chased by the sugarnotch popo, (expletive) em!. I’m a Wilkes-Barre (racial slur) anyhow! LOL, all I had on my conscience was FREEDOM!” the complaint says.
Police said 15 people were cited with underage drinking.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 16.