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Man wanted on drug charges arrested for making gunpoint threats

Police used informant to make heroin buy last year

EASTON, Pa. - A Bethlehem man arrested Tuesday for allegedly pointing a gun at another man’s head is also facing charges for allegedly dealing heroin to an informant last September.

Easton police charged Shajabbar M. McRae, of Sioux Street, with terroristic threats and false identification to police following Tuesday’s incident at a home in the 600 block of Bushkill Street. Investigators also charged the 33-year-old with possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication device in connection with an earlier drug investigation.

District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez arraigned McRae early Wednesday morning on two sets of charges, setting bail at a combined $175,000.

Easton police were dispatched to the Bushkill Street home shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday. The owner said a man later identified as McRae came into his home and allegedly put a gun to his head during the course of an argument. Court records do not specify what precipitate the argument.

Witnesses told police that a man ran from the apartment building and drove away in a silver four-door sedan with North Carolina plates. Shortly after leaving the apartment after taking the original report, officers returned to investigate a call about a silver Mercedes pulling up to the building and a man banging on the door, according to court records.

Police found a 2004 Mercedes Benz C230 with North Carolina plates at Ninth and Bushkill streets. The victim identified the passenger as the man who threatened him. Police said McRae had initially given officers fake identification.

In September 2016, Easton police used a cooperating source to make an alleged heroin buy from McRae, who was living in the 100 block of South 12th Street in Easton at the time. Investigators said they used pre-recorded money to make the deal and called McRae on his cell phone, according to records.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for McRae after the sale.

McRae failed to post bail following his arraignments and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await preliminary hearings scheduled for May 17.


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