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WILLIAMSPORT -- A man fled from police and hid in a neighbor's home after he allegedly arranged to sell heroin to an undercover officer. Charles F. Kaelin, 26, of Coal Township, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville on September 7, 2018 after the narcotics transaction in Newberry fell through.

According to the affidavit, the undercover officer contacted Kaelin via cell phone that morning and arranged to meet him to buy $150 of heroin at Nittany Minit Mart at 2300 W. Fourth Street. The officer noted in the affidavit that he also was aware that there was an active arrest warrant for Kaelin.

When the officer arrived, another man approached his vehicle. The man told the officer he would be going to a house on Funston Avenue to obtain the heroin from Kaelin, according to the affidavit. The officer gave him $100 and told him that he would give him the remaining $50 when he came back. Berger was taken into custody by police as he crossed Funston Avenue.

The man reportedly told police he was contacted by Kaelin to meet the undercover officer. He also told police they had conspired to take the $150 from the officer and not return with any heroin. The man told police he had met with Kaelin at 2514 Grant Street right before he met the officer at the convenience store, according to the affidavit.

Police then went to the Grant Street residence and found Kaelin hiding under insulation in the attic. Kaelin then allegedly broke through the ceiling of the adjoining residence and fled from police. Officers went to the adjoining residence at 2516 Grant Street and searched with the owner's consent, according to the affidavit. The occupants of the home were unaware Kaelin had entered. Police found Kaelin hiding under a futon in a second floor bedroom and he was taken into custody.

Kaelin was then transported to Lycoming County Prison by U.S. Marshals. Charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver were filed at the office of District Magistrate Christian D. Frey, but were withdrawn after the preliminary hearing on April 23. The other charges, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief - damage property, and criminal attempt - theft by unlawful taking,  were held for court. Formal arraignment in front of Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio will be on May 13.