SUNBURY — A masked man wearing a black hoodie held a Race Street resident at knifepoint late Monday night, then ran when another resident confronted the intruder with a gun, according to city police, who responded to the third incident involving a weapon in Sunbury in two weeks.
The suspect in the armed home invasion in the 300 block of Race Street demanded items from the unidentified victim, Sunbury police Chief Brad Hare said Tuesday.
A neighbor who heard the disturbance at 10 p.m. confronted the suspect with his personal gun and the suspect fled east on Pennsylvania Avenue and then onto Speece Avenue, police said.
City police would not identify the suspect, the victim or the other resident of the house who confronted the suspect.
Hare said he is concerned by the number of weapons being reported in incidents recently.
“This is very alarming,” Hare said. “We are seeing more than usual, and we are doing the best we can to stay on top of it.”
Luis “The Ghost” Alamo, 20, of 135½ Catawissa Ave., was charged with aggravated assault and illegal possession of a weapon after a July 28 incident in which Alamo allegedly brandished what turned out to be a BB gun that looked like a Baretta 92.
Alamo is accused of pointing and cocking the gun at a victim who thought it was real, police said.
On July 30, a female driving with a male in the city brandished a gun at a group of children who called police.
A description of the suspect in Monday night’s incident is vague, Hare said.
“At this point, we are asking for the public’s help with any home video surveillance footage of these areas,” Hare said. “Any help we can get from the public would be great. Unfortunately, it is still a busy time of the year and we are running from call to call but we want these folks to know we will not tolerate this kind of behavior in the city and we will continue to investigate these incidents until we make arrests.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Sunbury police or the Northumberland County Communication Center at (570) 988-4539.