The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 20, 2013

Investigators: Union County kidnapping case involved a gun threat

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

— MILTON — More details have emerged about the incident in which a Sunbury man was charged with pointing a handgun at and threatening to shoot the father of a 3-year-old girl, whom he subsequently kidnapped from their home on Timberhaven Drive in Kelly Township, Union County, according to authorities.

According to a police affidavit, Shakiel Viveon Rice, 21, along with his mother and daughter, were standing in a grassy area in front of his house at about 5:30 p.m. Monday when Darian Lee Simmons-Walton, 19, the boyfriend of the mother of Rice’s daughter, pulled up to the house in a car and began yelling at Rice from inside the vehicle.

Simmons-Walton was the only person in the car, which Rice recognized as belonging to his daughter’s mother, state police at Milton said.

Shortly thereafter, according to the report, Simmons-Walton got out of the car and displayed a black handgun that was tucked into the front waistband of his pants. He threatened Rice, pulled out the gun and pointed it at Rice’s chest, police said. He then allegedly said, “Move, and I’ll pop you with this.”

Simmons-Walton then grabbed the girl and put her in the car, troopers said. As he drove away, Rice called the police.

Rice told police he was soon contacted by Kacey Leitzel, his daughter’s mother, who reassured him that their daughter was safe and asked him to pick her up at her Sunbury home.

State police at Milton, assisted by officers from the Sunbury Police Department, apprehended Simmons-Walton at about 7 p.m. Monday at 711 N. Fourth St., Sunbury.

He was charged with kidnapping, a felony of the first degree; felony 2 interfering with the custody of a child, felony 3 endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and simple assault.