Port Vue man arrested for threatening neighbors
A Port Vue man with a marijuana growing operation in his home was arrested Wednesday after police said he threatened neighbors with a loaded shotgun.
Revan Reitinger, 32, allegedly stepped onto his porch at 1818 Tacoma Ave. at approximately 7:30 p.m. and threatened to shoot James Martis, 25, also of Port Vue, after Reitinger reportedly witnessed Martis steal a PlayStation video game system from a home across the street, according to court documents.
Police responding to the reported theft arrived to find Martis and the victim, Erika Richards, sitting on her front porch. Richards said Reitinger told her Martis had crawled through a window while she was away and stole the PlayStation, according to Port Vue police.
Richards called Martis and had him return to her home, which is when Reitinger allegedly stood on his porch, racked a bullet into the shotgun and threatened Martis if he came onto his property.
Martis told police the video game system was in a car at his house. He was taken into custody. Officers later learned he had a warrant for unpaid child support.
Police then visited Reitinger and asked why he had threatened Martis. He reportedly told them, “I don't need anyone breaking into my house.” Liberty Borough Police officer Ray Johnson asked Reitinger where the weapon was and Reitinger agreed to let Johnson and a Glassport police officer into his basement home to confiscate the weapon.
At that time, he was arrested for making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.
Police reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the dwelling and found $9,100 in cash inside Reitinger's shirt pocket.
He allegedly told police it was for a house he was in the process of buying. After he was read his Miranda rights, Reitinger reportedly admitted to possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia along with marijuana plants in the rear of his home.
During a consented search of the residence, investigators discovered a marijuana growth with lights, fans, a dehumidifier, growing products and a reflective thermal panel. They also found many loose marijuana plants, one plant in a 5-gallon bucket, three large bags filled with marijuana, two scales, a seed crusher, wrapping papers and a large sword.
He was placed in Allegheny County Jail and awaits additional charges of aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver drugs, possession and disorderly conduct.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mon Valley groups celebrate King’s life, legacy
- LifeSpan opens fitness center in McKeesport
- Local Catholic Schools Week celebrations include fun activities, community service
- Homestead business owner recalls similar fire 26 years ago
- Use of police body cameras increases; Whitaker explores purchase
- Liberty OKs oil and gas lease with Huntley & Huntley
- West Mifflin Area board approves contracts with teachers union, business manager
- South Allegheny school board makes personnel moves
- Groups to offer help with health insurance sign-ups in Mon Valley
- West Mifflin Area sues Martell over continuing education credit costs
- Rape charges against Versailles bar owner dropped in plea deal