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Police: W-B Man Launched ‘bizarre’ Tirade After Assault

October 22, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — A city man threatened to kill his girlfriend and barricaded himself in a bedroom when confronted by police, according to charges filed.

Antonio J. Powell, 43, of 64 W. Maple St., is accused of attacking Martea Calderon with a knife before holing up in the bedroom and making a series of “bizarre comments,” police said.

According to police, Powell began yelling at Calderon around 10 p.m. Saturday. He went downstairs, got a kitchen knife and then returned to the bedroom, where he began choking Calderon, police said.

“I’m gonna kill you,” the complaint quotes Powell as saying as he punched Calderon in the head.

Powell released Calderon’s neck and went to grab the knife, which he threw at a wall, police said. Threatening to cut Calderon, Powell picked up the knife and threw it at her, cutting her arm, according to police. 

Powell then picked up the knife once more and tried to stab Calderon with it, but Calderon was able to wrestle the knife away, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, they heard Calderon screaming frantically upstairs and encountered her outside the bedroom door. Calderon ran downstairs, while Powell displayed a knife, police said.

An officer drew his Taser and ordered Powell to drop the knife, but he ran into the bedroom and locked the door, police said.

Powell began saying police would have to kill him, and began repenting his sins to God, according to the charges. Powell informed God that he was ready to leave this world, and went on to rant about how President Donald Trump is “killing the black race,” police said.

According to the complaint, Powell informed police he had a wet cloth over his face and was ready for a tear gas attack, and also pushed the blade of his knife under the door to demonstrate he was armed with a big knife.

Police charged Powell with aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and strangulation.

Magisterial District Judge Brian James Tupper arraigned Powell on the charges Monday morning and set his bail at $75,000. Powell was being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 1.