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Police: Schuylkill Haven Man Threatened Grandmother’s Life with Assault Rifle

A Schuylkill Haven man is in County Prison after he pointed an assault rifle at his grandmother during an argument over the weekend.

According to State Police in Schuylkill Haven, they were dispatched to Millers Road in Wayne Township around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they learned that 21-year-old Mateo Rivera allegedly pointed an assault rifle at his grandmother during an argument.

Rivera allegedly told his grandmother that he was going to kill her while he pointed the gun at her.

Police say they quickly got an arrest warrant for Rivera that evening.

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Later Sunday night, police eventually caught up to Rivera. Just after 10 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that “nearly came to a stop” on Interstate 81 South in Mahanoy Township, near Mile Marker 130.3.

Police discovered that the driver was Rivera and they believed he was loaded, both on booze and drugs. They took him into custody on suspicion of DUI.

According to court records, Rivera is currently in Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post $25,000 bail. He faces misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. DUI charges have not been filed against him yet.


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