Linden Man Allegedly Said He Would Shoot Caseworkers and Police, Arrested

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in an affidavit, a Linden man is facing assault charges after he allegedly said he would shoot two Lycoming County Children and Youth caseworkers who visited his home on Wednesday, June 1st.

Two caseworkers from Lycoming County Children and Youth visited 25-year-old Joshua E. Harer’s home at about 10:55 a.m. in order to check on a male child, according to police. The mother of the child is Kayla Hockenberry-Soloman. The caseworkers noticed that a shotgun was allegedly leaning against a wall and shells for the gun were allegedly on a nightstand located close to the gun.

The caseworkers believed that the home was not suitable due to the gun and the condition the home was in. Harer allegedly got mad when the caseworkers began discussing emergency custody for the boy, according to police. The police record states that Harer allegedly said, “I’m going to f*****g shoot you if you don’t leave my property.” Harer also allegedly stated that he would shoot the police once they responded.

According to what the caseworkers told police, Harer allegedly yelled “I’m going to shoot you” around thirty times when they ran from the residence. State police were on scene at about 11:15 a.m. Harer was taken into custody and the child was recovered. Arrest reports state that police also took the gun, which was a Remington model 870 shotgun. According to an affidavit, someone at the scene told police that Harer allegedly attempted to hide the shotgun by placing it in a different room.

According to police, Harer’s mother Gloria Harer allegedly removed a glass marijuana pipe from her son’s pocket when he was being handcuffed. Gloria allegedly hid the pipe beneath the car.

Harer is facing charges including terroristic threats, interference with child custody, aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently in jail, and his bail is set at $50,000. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.