York man charged with multiple felonies related to deadly weapons, threats, theft, drugs and being a habitual criminal

YORK – Matthew Huston, 38, of York has been charged with multiple felonies related to use of a deadly weapon, threats, drugs and being a habitual criminal, after allegedly threatening probation officers from a stolen pickup while in possession of controlled substances.

His arraignment was held this week in York County District Court.

He is charged with the following:

  • Use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class 2 felony
  • Use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class 2 felony
  • Theft/receiving stolen property, with a value of more than $5,000, a Class 2A felony
  • Terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony
  • Terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony
  • False reporting, a Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Habitual criminal, a felony

During this week’s arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges and a jury trial was scheduled for mid-summer.

The habitual criminal status is being sought due to his history of convictions and prior prison sentences. According to court documents, on Jan. 12, 2015, in York County District Court, he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking and was sentenced to a term of 20-60 months in prison; on Feb. 9, 2015, he was convicted of possession of burglar tools in York County District Court and was sentenced to a term of 1-3 years in prison; and on Oct. 25, 2021, in the York County District Court, he was convicted of theft by receiving stolen property and was sentenced to a term of 18 months in prison.

Regarding this most recent case, according to court documents, this case was investigated by the York County Sheriff’s Department and the York Police Department. The situation began when 911 dispatch received a call from the District 5 Probation Office upon the report that a man was in a pickup, outside the office, pointing a gun. Deputies were nearby and responded. They were told the vehicle had continued south on Nebraska Avenue and shortly afterward, an officer with the York Police Department said he located the vehicle at the north Casey’s. The vehicle was unoccupied and it was discovered the vehicle had been reported as stolen in York.

Officers found two men in line at the register, inside the business, and both denied driving the vehicle in question, according to the affidavit.

Officers found an open wallet in the vehicle and the identification inside belonged to Huston, who they had spoken with inside the store. Huston was arrested inside the store.

During a tow inventory search of the vehicle, officers found two used hypodermic syringes and one loaded syringe containing methamphetamine. They also found a CO2 pellet gun which they said looked like a semi-automatic firearm.

At the jail, officers allege Huston told them he had been driving the vehicle for approximately three days and he received it from a friend. “He stated he was at the York Probation Office participating in ‘target practice’ with the pellet gun. He said he didn’t believe anyone was at the office and he had been shooting a nearby sign ‘to test the accuracy.’ While he was changing into jail clothing, he produced a methamphetamine pipe from his pock and presented it to me.”

The owner of the vehicle gave consent for a search of the vehicle, during which they also found three grams of methamphetamine, less than one ounce of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, the rest of the methamphetamine pipe, a THC vape pen and court paperwork from Seward County addressed to Huston.

The officers spoke with District 5 Probation employees who were present at the office when Huston was there. “They further stated they saw a man who was pointing what appeared to a firearm at the building. They followed procedure and initiated lock down protocol. The employees felt threatened and scared for their safety.”

The investigators said in the court documents further that the pellet gun “is designed to expel a .177 caliber lead or copper projectile and can cause serious bodily injury if used against a person. Pellet guns are not classified as firearms but can be classified as a deadly weapon.”

A further look into his criminal history, according to court documents, include charges and convictions for crimes relating to “robbery, possession of burglar’s tools, failure to appear, tampering with physical evidence, numerous possessions of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, shoplifting, flight to avoid arrest, false reporting, driving under the influence, driving under suspension/revocation, probation violations and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

 

 

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