Philly fugitive arrested in Wilkes-Barre

A Philadelphia man wanted in an aggravated-assault case here was captured in Wilkes-Barre Friday morning after leading police on a chase.

Jermaine McLean, 35, who has a history of drug and violent-crime arrests, was wanted in Philadelphia for a November domestic dispute, Jim Burke, supervising deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia, said Saturday.

The Marshals' fugitive unit and Wilkes-Barre police got a tip Friday morning that McLean was at a hotel in Wilkes-Barre. After McLean was spotted leaving the hotel in a gray vehicle, patrol units found the vehicle and tried stopping it, but McLean instead almost struck two officers, the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department said in a news release.

The suspect's vehicle then got into an accident, and McLean fled on foot, police said. After a long foot chase, McLean was taken into custody by Wilkes-Barre patrol officers near Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, police said. He was being held pending further action in Luzerne County Common Pleas Court, police said.

The Chestnut Hill Local in Philadelphia reported last year that on Nov. 12, on the 7900 block of Stenton Avenue in East Mount Airy, a woman told police that McLean "smashed her in the head with a ceramic vase causing lacerations to her neck, hands and right leg." The newspaper said the victim was taken to Chestnut Hill Hospital by a private vehicle, treated and released.

Wilkes-Barre police had McLean's address listed as being on the 5300 block of Kershaw Street, in West Philadelphia. The Chestnut Hill Local reported his address as being on the 7900 block of Stenton Avenue, where the alleged assault took place.

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