A Scranton man and his son were arrested Thursday after they allegedly held two juveniles at gunpoint early Saturday in rural Greene County.
Brian Hunter, 57, of Scranton and his son, Kolbe Hunter, 19, of Scranton, were each arrested on a charge of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident that occurred about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 on D Avenue near 310th Street south of Scranton.
There were no injuries in the alleged assault, and the circumstances leading to the event are unclear.
The Hunters “both had different stories for that night,” Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said, “but I believe it’s because they suspect that these two juveniles of burglarizing Kolbe’s residence a few weeks earlier.”
According to court records, one of the juvenile victims claimed he was driving from Scranton to Coon Rapids when he “came across a truck in the road near 310th Street. He said that the truck had lights on, and Brian Hunter was standing near the truck with a shotgun.”
The victim alleged that when he stopped his vehicle, “Brian (Hunter) yelled at him to get out of the truck and fired a shot in the air” and then “came up to the driver’s side window and told him to get out.”
Williams said the juveniles went to Coon Rapids following the alleged assault and informed their parents, who reported the incident to the Carroll County Sheriff’s office. Information about the alleged crime was communicated to the Greene County Sheriff’s office, which conducted the investigation leading to the arrests Thursday.
Williams said it was “a pretty fair assessment” to say the Hunters took the law into their own hands, if the allegations are true.
The Hunters were each released from the Greene County Jail Thursday after posting bond. They are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Greene County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.