November 25, 2016

Honesdale man arrested on gun charges in NY


TUSTEN – A trooper assigned to the Narrowsburg substation stopped a vehicle on Route 97 in the Town of Tusten.  Upon interviewing the driver Scott Helferich, 34 of Honesdale, PA he was found to possess a loaded .40 caliber pistol and a quantity of heroin.  He was placed into custody.  The front seat passenger, Dahmir Bethea, 20 of Clifton, NJ he was found to possess a loaded 9mm pistol.  After being disarmed, Bethea fled on foot and fought with the trooper before being placed into custody.  A third passenger, Jamar Thompson-Pressley was found to possess marijuana. 

A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a loaded .38 caliber pistol, a loaded .45 caliber pistol and marijuana.

Helferich was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.  Bethea was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration 2nd, and false personation, all misdemeanors.  Investigation determined that Bethea was wanted by the Patterson, NJ Police Department for attempted murder stemming from a shooting in that city in January, 2016.  He has been charged as a fugitive from justice related to the outstanding warrant.  Thompson-Pressley was charged with evidence tampering, a felony and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. 

All three subjects were sent to the Sullivan County Jail.

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