Nazareth Man's Alleged Mooning Leads to Bicycle, Foot Chase

Lucas P. Somishka, 29, of Nazareth, is accused of exposing himself -- while riding his bicycle -- in front of a husband and wife driving on Route 248 at S. Broad Street.

A man riding a bicycle in Nazareth Thursday night exposed himself from the waist down to a husband and wife, threatened the husband with his bicycle seat, then led police on a bike and foot chase before surrendering inside a supermarket, court records say.

Lucas P. Somishka, 29, of 347 Mauch Chunk St., rear, in the borough was taken into custody inside the on Route 191. Police say he exposed himself while riding his bike at Route 248 and S. Broad Street around 7 p.m.

A criminal complaint details how Somishka, described as wearing camouflage shorts and having black curly hair, allegedly refused to give himself up to police despite numerous warnings and having a Taser stun gun pointed at him several times.

He told an officer that the last time he stopped for police “his arm was broken and that he didn’t do anything wrong.”

The complaint, filed by borough Officer Michael Flaherty, said the husband and wife were driving on Route 248 at S. Broad Street when Somishka -- while riding his bike -- pulled down his shorts, exposing himself. He then almost hit the couple’s vehicle.

The husband approached Somishka at the parking lot a few blocks west to ask “if he was OK.” Somishka pulled the seat and its post from the bike “and in a threatening manner” told the man “he could use it as a weapon.”

Flaherty said he tried to stop Somishka on Green Street north of the Rite Aid but the man said, “No, I didn’t do anything wrong.” Flaherty and another officer in a separate car then followed Somishka west on Route 248, with Flaherty at one point getting out of his car and aiming a Taser at the man. But the man refused to heed Flaherty’s commands to stop.

The officers followed Somishka as he turned left into the shopping center that includes the Giant and avoided them by weaving between parked cars. After avoiding Flaherty and his car, Somishka got off his bike and was on foot.

Flaherty again had the Taser aimed at the man when he ran into the Giant. He surrendered under the threat of being shot by the Taser.

Somishka was charged with indecent exposure, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest. He was arraigned at 2 a.m. Friday by on-duty of Nazareth and committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $2,500 bail.


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