“(Harun) Ngolo said that he took the garden tool and put it upstairs in his bedroom for protection,” the affidavit states. Roughly an hour later, he and his wife started fighting over whether they should go to the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Township for a Father’s Day outing. Maria wanted to go.
Moses Ngolo told police he heard his mother scream, “Moses, help. He’s killing the baby, he’s killing me” as he was upstairs on the third floor with his child, who was not injured in the attack, watching television.
Moses grabbed a black metal bar from a music stand and ventured to his parents bedroom. He kicked in the door, pushing his way through the dark room to retrieve his nephew when he was stabbed by his father with the spear as his mother still screaming about the baby.
Moses fled downstairs to call 911 before running back to his parents’ room, where he saw his mother on her knees as his father swinging the pole at her. Moses headed downstairs again telling his younger brother, Felix Ngolo, what happened before collapsing in the doorway.
During the police interview, Harun Ngolo said “he struck both his wife, Maria, and his son, Moses with the garden tool,” according to the arrest affidavit. Harun Ngolo said he was unsure how his grandson became injured, the affidavit said.
Court documents show Harun Ngolo had a history of family violence.
An arrest affidavit dated Dec. 22, 2007, stated Harun Ngolo was arrested after chasing Maria and Moses Ngolo around the home with a weapon similar to the one he allegedly used Saturday. During the 2007 incident, Harun Ngolo fastened a steak knife to the end of a 3-foot metal poll and chased the family through their Simpson Street home.
The affidavit said the family members locked themselves in a bedroom until police arrived. Police said that Harun Ngolo was screaming, “You’re going to send me to jail? I’m going to kill you,” according to the affidavit. At the time of the incident, Maria Ngolo had an active PFA against her husband.
Harun Ngolo was charged with prohibited offensive weapons, simple assault and harassment.
He served some time in Luzerne County Correctional Facility when he could not make bail of $25,000.
His lawyer later got the bail reduced to personal recognizance. His case was closed in June 2008 when he pleaded guilty to possessing prohibitive weapons and the other charges were dropped.
He was sentenced to six months probation, required to comply with community counseling on an outpatient basis, receive mental health treatment with medication being recommended and not to possess any weapons.
In late February 2007, Harun Ngolo was arrested on charges he assaulted his wife and Moses with a hammer and garden tool. The disposition of that case could not be determined Sunday.
He also pleaded guilty in June 2004 to a summary count of harassment in Wilkes-Barre. No further information regarding that incident or possible victims was available.
The Ngolos came to the United States in 1993 as political refugees, according to a Times Leader feature story done on them 17 years ago.
The story said the United Nations assisted them after their oldest son, Enoch Ngolo, was killed during a student demonstration against then Zaire dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
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