Bentleyville police charge borough man with unlawful restraint, child endangerment

October 5, 2017
Mcarthur Jackson

Bentleyville police charged a borough man with unlawful restraint and other offenses after he allegedly refused to allow a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl to leave his home Tuesday night, keeping them overnight.

Mcarthur Jackson, 48, of 123 Lincoln Ave., is also charged with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, possession with intent to deliver crack and harassment.

Chief Richard Young said the boy came to the station Sept. 13 to report the incident that reportedly happened in the early morning hours of the previous Saturday. The boy said he had made a deal with Jackson, who he called “Mack,” to buy marijuana in exchange for gasoline while the two were in the 400 block of Main Street.

The teens reportedly went to Jackson’s home to await his arrival with the marijuana. When Jackson returned, he reportedly invited the teens inside his home. Jackson also wanted the pair’s cellphones and told them to turn off the location setting.

The 16-year-old told Young they were taken by Jackson to a room in the basement where he reportedly asked them to smoke crack instead of marijuana. They declined, but Jackson allegedly kept blowing smoke from the drug into their faces.

When the two told Jackson they wanted to leave, he allegedly stood in front of a door to prevent them from doing so.

Young also talked with the girl, who told a similar story. She reportedly told Mack multiple times she needed to go and that her father had been calling her. When they went back upstairs, she told police she tried to unlock the door but Jackson pushed her hand away. A few minutes later, she was able to unlock the door and the teens left the house.

Young said Jackson reportedly knows the girl’s family.

Jackson was placed in Washington County jail Sept. 13 on a probation violation. He will be arraigned at a later date on the charges before District Judge Curtis Thompson.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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