Port Richmond musketeer held in threats to sanitation workers

SWAT officers display musket used to threaten trash collectors.
SWAT officers display musket used to threaten trash collectors.
Posted: January 07, 2011

A pair of city sanitation workers had a whole different kind of mess to deal with in Port Richmond yesterday.

The Streets Department workers were in the middle of collecting trash on Miller Street near Clearfield about 8:30 a.m. when they drew the wrath of a resident who appeared to be armed with a musket, of all things.

The 42-year-old resident, whose name was not released, aimed an "antique, long-armed rifle" at the workers, threatened to shoot them and hollered racial remarks before darting inside his house, said police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers.

Police SWAT team members were called to the scene and spent about an hour trying to persuade the man to surrender before he finally gave up peaceably.

Evers said the cops confiscated the musket and did not find any other weapons in the house.

The man was expected to be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses, Evers said.

The sanitation workers, whose names were not released, were not injured during their brief encounter with the man.

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