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Police: Man allegedly confronts construction worker with gun

He had chest-bumped the man 20 minutes earlier

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. - Police in Northampton County allege that a Slate Belt man confronted a construction worker with a handgun following an earlier run-in.

Police charged Louis M. Dota, of True Blue Road in Washington Township, with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment following his arrest Saturday afternoon. District Judge Patricia Broscius arraigned the 50-year-old later that day, setting bail at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Washington Township police were dispatched to the area of Lower South Main Street and Factoryville Road shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday to investigate a reported assault. Police were advised that the man involved had driven away in a black Mustang before an officer arrived, according to court records. Police were provided with a license plate number.

The worker told police that a man later identified as Dota had chest-bumped him and fallen to the ground, according to records. Dota stood up and drove away. Records do not indicate what precipitated the chest-to-chest encounter.

After taking the initial report, police tried to find the Mustang.

About 20 minutes later, police were again dispatched to the construction site. This time Dota allegedly brandished a handgun before walking in the direction of nearby Bangor Borough.

Police found the car and Dota at his True Blue Road home. The officer said he could smell alcohol on Dota’s breath and that his wife turned over the handgun that he allegedly had with him at the construction site.

The judge ordered that Dota surrender all his firearms in the event he posts bail.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 8.

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