Robbery suspect in custody
MOUNT CARMEL - A 22-year-old borough man is jailed in Northumberland County Prison after being apprehended for allegedly robbing a pedestrian of $90 cash Sunday night.
Jeffrey Huben, of 516 E. Fifth St., was arrested outside his home about 10:35 p.m. after police spent the previous two hours searching for him. He was jailed on an outstanding probation violation.
Mount Carmel Police Chief Todd Owens said late Sunday that he expected robbery and related charges to be filed against the suspect later this week.
Huben is accused of asking for a few dollars from a 40-year-old man he encountered in the 00 block of West Second Street about 8:20 p.m. When the man responded in kind, Owens said Huben yanked away a wad of cash and fled on foot.
"He kind of went in after it and ripped the money out" of the victim's pants pocket, Owens said.
Huben ran west on Second Street and turned south on Maple Street, where he was last observed.
The victim knew Huben to see him about town and identified him using the suspect's nickname, "Jelly Doughnuts," Owens said.
Area police were on the lookout for a maroon 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport in which Huben was traveling. That vehicle was stopped in Mount Carmel about 10:10 p.m. but Huben was not inside. Owens said he didn't know whether or not the vehicle's driver knew of Huben's alleged actions.
Police later received word Huben may have been returning to his home. Owens and Matthew Narcavage, of Northumberland County Adult Probation, waited nearby and took him into custody before he could enter the residence. He was not in possession of any weapons or drugs, Owens said.
Owens said he does not believe anyone else will be charged in the incident.
Among those assisting were borough Patrolmen Matthew Dillman and Justin Stelma.