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Port Vue man arrested for threatening neighbors

| Friday, May 16, 2014, 2:26 a.m.

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 tkaran@tribweb.com.

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