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Wanted felon caught with loaded gun in vehicle, Middletown police say

Posted 3/27/20

Middletown police arrested a wanted felon who police say was caught with a loaded handgun in his car in the 300 block of West Main Street at about 6 p.m. March 19.

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Wanted felon caught with loaded gun in vehicle, Middletown police say

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Middletown police arrested a wanted felon who police say was caught with a loaded handgun in his car in the 300 block of West Main Street at about 6 p.m. March 19.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said a dark blue 2006 Dodge Magnum driven by Luis Freddy Roman Jr., 33, of the 600 block of Eshelman Street in Highspire, had been under surveillance by police since 5 p.m. that day as it was parked in the Giant store lot at 450 E. Main St.

Roman had two active warrants out of Lebanon County, police said. Police followed Roman as he drove out of the parking lot and pulled him over in the 300 block of West Main.

A police dog brought in from Lower Paxton Township alerted to the vehicle. Police in a search found a scale and other drug paraphernalia, and a Smith & Wesson SD9VE 9 mm pistol with a loaded magazine of 15 9 mm bullets.

Roman had been convicted on felony drug-related charges in 2005 and in 2014, police said.

Roman was arraigned March 20 before District Judge Michael J. Smith and charged with prohibited possession of a firearm, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for April 15.