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Sheriff: Man Punched Deputy, Escaped Sentencing

SCRANTON — Deputies from Lackawanna County had to chase after a man who took off from the courthouse in Scranton this afternoon.

He ended up at a downtown hotel hiding in a bathroom stall.

Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Deputies said Roy Glenn of Scranton didn’t like the six month jail sentence he was given this afternoon for missing child support payments.

So, he punched a deputy in the face and ran from family court as deputies were about to take him into custody. He now faces much more time in prison.

It’s not exactly the scene you’d expect to see outside of one of downtown Scranton’s upscale hotels. A small crowd of Scranton Police officers and Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Deputies, and a man in cuffs in the back of a patrol car.

Deputies took Roy Glenn of Scranton to jail after a dramatic chase. From behind the rolled up of the patrol car window, Glenn told Newswatch 16 that he was, “just trying to help his family.”

Glenn wound up at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel on Lackawanna Avenue after going to Lackawanna County Family Court to be sentenced for failing to pay child support.

After hearing his six month sentence, he punched the deputy trying to cuff him and ran from the courthouse annex on Adams Avenue. Minutes later police found him cowering on top of a toilet inside the men’s room at the hotel.

The hostess at the Radisson didn’t see Glenn run past her and into the men’s room. She said it was a bit of a shock to see the arrest unfold in the hotel lobby.

“In a way I feel like it was thrilling a little bit. Because I never thought I’d be in the same place as something like this would happen,” Nina Daubenhauser said.

Roy Glenn was on probation but free when he walked in to family court. He was taken into custody just as he made his escape. Now, he faces much more than just six months behind bars.

“Well, he’s got some serious charges that he’s facing now. Aggravated assault is a very serious crime, simple assault, and a whole slew of other charges,” said Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew.

Because Glenn was being taken into custody when he ran away Thursday afternoon, deputies also charged him with escape and resisting arrest. He could face about ten years behind bars now.

He was sent to Lackawanna County Prison after the ordeal on $100,000 bail.


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