Cops: Man Pulled Gun on People at ATM

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WILKES-BARRE — Police said a man pulled a gun on a man and woman waiting in line to use an ATM in Wilkes-Barre.

According to authorities, John Psolka, 70, was using an ATM on Public Square when he told a man and woman, both of Wilkes-Barre, to leave.

Officials said Psolka pulled a gun and pointed it at the others and laughed.

Police said they found a firearm in his waistband as well as one in his right front pocket, both of which were loaded and ready to fire.

According to officers, the suspect was placed under arrest and charges were filed for terroristic threats and simple assault in Wilkes-Barre.


  • Su Ivey Lammers

    If these two people were going to rob him, surely he would have called the police, after THREATENING them. Moron. You can’t just go around pulling a gun on people and think you’re going to get away with it.

  • I always get the last laugh

    When this piece of white trash is lying in a hospital bed dying of cancer I’ll certainly visit him to remind him of this event and how he deserves to be suffering in extreme pain. I’m sure he won’t be laughing then, but I will certainly be laughing hysterically. Ha ha ha ha ha! tick tock tick tock not much time left old guy. lol.

  • E

    Typical nepa local. Gee whiz I can’t imagine why anyone would move away from this area when most locals are uneducated gun toting rednecks. Ha ha ha! Why do you think the people of this region carry guns? Not to protect themselves, like they claim, but so when they act disrespectful and ignorant the people they offend dont hurt them. Despite what the people of this region may think most are pathetic drunks that cannot fight and they carry guns so they can act like trash and not be beat to death. This is just one of many reasons why no decent person would EVER even consider moving to this region unless no other option is available and even then they are prepared to leave as soon as financially possible. This guy represents the majority of the local population and because of that this region never had a chance to be anything but what it is, a dumping ground for unwanted trash.

  • Snshn

    I don’t know about this one. The story said that Psolka was using the ATM when he’d told the “man & woman to leave”.
    Now, he’s a 70 year old man. With all the robberies, shootings, purse snatchings, murders, etc. I’m not too sure if I were him if I’d want someone hovering over me either.
    There isn’t enough information in this story, in my opinion.

  • Is there REALLY FREEDOM of SPEECH ??? If so read this

    What an AHOLE that guy is !!! I hope they take his permit, and tell him he may NEVER own a pistol ever again !

    • He could of handled it differently

      Remind me to never wait in line for my turn to use the ATM with Grandpa Gun Toter, I guess he can waive his pistol to scare me because he is paranoid I MIGHT wanna rob him ! I would keep my eye on people, or ask them to give me some space, NOT waive a pistol ! Sorry in my opinion the Old guy did NOT have to waive his pistol

      • B

        We do not know the entire story. They might have been crowding or threatening him. Until the video from the ATM cameras is analyzed, we do not know what the conditions were. We should withhold judgement until then.

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