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Scranton Police Make Arrest, Neighborhood Watch Forms

SCRANTON — Scranton police said it started with a look.

Lackawanna College student Rahsan Crowder, 22, was shot on the street early Sunday morning.

Investigators said Crips gang member Ryan Harding, 18, did not like the way Crowder looked at him, so he shot him, hitting him in the thigh and chest.

Marlon Clotter, 21, is charged with being an accomplice to the crime.

According to court papers, he urged Harding to pull the trigger.

Police said Clotter is also a Crips gang member and was released from state prison last year after serving time for burglary and other charges. He is still on parole.

Investigators said most of the witnesses who saw the shooting did not want to give police information.

“This case hasn’t been solved because folks have come forward and cooperated freely and openly with information. It’s because of old-fashioned police work. Digging and digging and digging until you find the truth,” said assistant district attorney Gene Talerico.

The deadly shooting was the first homicide in Scranton in more than a year and a half.

The shooting happened on the city’s East Side, the Hill section.

Folks there started a neighborhood watch group Thursday night.

Scranton’s police chief was among the crowd at the first meeting.

“Neighbors helping neighbors, we’re coming together for awareness keep the neighborhood safe, not only the neighborhood residents, but the businesses as well,” said Lori Vavango, one of the group’s founders.

For the first time in recent history, each section of the city has an active neighborhood watch group.

The president of the West Scranton Hyde Park group, Karin Foster, helped make that happen.

“What’s happening now is we’re just sharing information from one neighborhood to the other because sometimes the crime that happened is transient and we’re able to track it and let each other know what’s going on,” said Foster.

Scranton police continue to search for Harding. They believe he may be driving a 2006 black Chevy Impala.


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