WILKES-BARRE — An attorney for one of three men being investigated in the shooting of two girls at Sherman Hills last month wants prosecutors to file charges or release him.
Taleek T. Sistrunk, 21, has been jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail since his arrest on Aug. 24 on a simple assault charge.
City police allege Sistrunk is one of three men who assaulted several people at 91 N. Empire Court over a missing bank card, several hours after Janiya McFarlane, 5, and Gabrielle Morris, 2, were shot in Apartment 614 in Building 328 at Sherman Hills.
Investigators linked Sistrunk, Jevaun Brown, 24, and Trevor Whitaker, 26, to the shooting with the discovery of a 1999 Dodge minivan with a tire on the roof. The vehicle was seized from the area of 510 S. Empire St., where it was found after the bank card fight.
Police allege one of the suspects in the shooting planned to leave the area in a van with a tire on the roof, according to search warrant affidavits.
No charges have been filed in relation to the shooting. The two girls survived their wounds.
Sistrunk’s attorney, Allyson Kacmarski, on Tuesday filed a petition in Luzerne County Court seeking to have the simple assault charge dismissed. Kacmarski states prosecutors did not show “good cause” in their request to continue Sistrunk’s preliminary hearing, which was granted by District Judge Martin Kane on Sept. 12.
Kacmarski said Sistrunk is guaranteed a preliminary hearing within three to 10 days of his Aug. 24 arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Coleman asked the preliminary hearing be continued because a witness to the simple assault case was not in the courtroom. Coleman told Kane that Sistrunk, Brown and Whitaker “are being investigated for the shooting of two children at Sherman Hills.”