A man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and stealing her cell phone to exchange it for drugs.
Vincent Antidormi, 22, of 38 Franklin St. was taken into custody in police headquarters at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, for charges which stemmed from an incident the previous day.
Police had been dispatched to Antidormi's residence at 6:58 p.m. on Jan. 10 for a report of a disturbance. Upon their arrival, they found the residence in disarray and spoke to his mother, Angie Antidormi. She told them that her son was high on drugs and smashing up the house, and she said her daughter Loren was "hiding" at a neighbor's house across the street.
Mrs. Antidormi stated that her son often becomes violent and causes damage throughout their house when he is using drugs. During one previous incident in December, he assaulted his sister Loren, in a case being handled by Officer Jeffrey Arthur.
She told the officers that she wanted to have him evaluated mentally due to his violent behavior and persistent threats. Police confronted Antidormi at the house and observed that he was visibly impaired. He stated that he didn't want to go to the hospital, but they were able to get him into the ambulance
Antidormi was transported to Community Medical Center in Scranton and placed in the psychiatric unit on an involuntary commitment. He was searched at the hospital, and police confiscated a container with a small amount of hash, a box of Xanax bars, and a pill crusher from him.
Before being released from the hospital the following day, he was examined to determine if he was an immediate threat to himself or others, in accordance with Section 302 of Pennsylvania's Mental Health Procedures Act.
Antidormi was charged with illegal possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, and several summary offenses for this incident.
The second incident unfolded when Antidormi walked into headquarters at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, along with Sherri McDade, 21, of 20 Tuttle St., Simpson. He asked Officer Dominick Andidora to return the drugs that were taken from him the previous day, but Andidora refused.
Andidora took McDade into a separate room and questioned her. He then placed a call to Mrs. Antidormi, who said her son returned home from the hospital earlier that day and slapped her in the face, saying she deserved it for "302-ing him."
She stated that he stole her cell phone, valued at $600, which he planned to exchange for two bundles of heroin. She said he called his drug dealer, who showed up a short time later, then they left with her cell phone to make the transfer.
Mrs. Antidormi provided police with the name of the drug dealer and identified his vehicle as well, which she described as a black Mustang with a red stripe.
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Antidormi was arrested on charges of simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property, and violating several city ordinances.