Police in Freeland, Pennsylvania got a little help this week in the apprehension of a suspect wanted in connection with the beating and robbery of a man on July 14, 2013. Ironically, the help came from the suspect himself.
Anthony James Lescowich, 35 of Drifton, Pennsylvania had been sought since November 27, 2013 on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct in the July attack.
Police say that they posted his picture on their Facebook page asking that anyone with information as to his whereabouts contact them. Almost immediately, several people shared information on the suspect. But the most helpful was Lescowich himself who they say shared the posting about three minutes after they put it up.
Police say that they are not sure what prompted Lescowich to share the picture on his own page, but they immediately took advantage of the situation with an officer posing as an attractive young woman struck up a conversation with him.
After conversing with him for about a half hour, all the while gathering information which would aid in locating and arresting him, the officer was able to convince him to meet the young woman he thought he was talking to for a cigarette.
Unfortunately for Lescowich, when he arrived at the appointed location to meet his new lady friend, he found instead that the police were waiting for him with a set of new bracelets.
Others charged in the incident were, Heather Mumie, 29, of White Haven, charged with two counts of robbery and one count of reckless endangerment, Clayton R. Spohr, 32, of McAdoo, two counts of robbery and one count each access device fraud, receiving stolen property, theft and reckless endangerment, and Janine K. Brotzman, 30, also of Freeland, charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Brotzman will be facing a preliminary hearing in the courtroom of Magisterial District Judge Michael Dotzel on Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre.