Lans­dale man ha­rasses al­leged cat stom­per

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Alan Gold­berg mgold­berg@jour­nal­reg­is­

A fe­line-loving Lans­dale vig­i­lante’s sus­pected act of ret­ri­bu­tion against an ac­cused an­i­mal abuser some weeks ago wasn’t ex­actly the cat’s meow, as far as po­lice were con­cerned.

Charles A. Leis­ter, 50, of the unit block of East Main Street, was ar­rested April 11 af­ter al­legedly shat­ter­ing the kitchen win­dow of Lans­dale res­i­dent Mieczys­law “Mike” Zwolinski — who is await­ing trial in county court on ac­cu­sa­tions that he stomped his neigh­bor’s cat in De­cem­ber — and chal­leng­ing ZwolLn­sNL WR D fiJhW, Dll ZhLlH drunk, po­lice said.

$FFRrGLnJ WR WhH Df­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause, LDn­sGDlH Rf­fiFHrs ZHrH GLs­patched to the 800 block of Wal­nut Street just be­fore 9 p.m. af­ter a caller re­ported shRWs firHG WhrRuJh WhH frRnW win­dow of their house. As Rf­fiFHrs DSSrRDFhHG WhH scene on foot, they saw a man sprint­ing down Wal­nut Street and took him into cus­tody near West Eighth Street and Wash­ing­ton Av­enue, about a block away from the re­ported in­ci­dent.

7ZR PRrH Rf­fiFHrs rHsponded to the scene and spoke with Zwolinski, his wife — who had called po­lice — and a wit­ness who said that he saw a short male with long hair and a hat in front of the Zwolinski’s res­i­dence yell “xex­ple­tive] cat stom­per!” and then throw an ob­ject of some kind through the win­dow be­fore run­ning off, the com­plaint states. The wit­ness was then taken to the lo­ca­tion where Leis­ter had EHHn GHWDLnHG Ey Rf­fiFHrs, and he pos­i­tively iden­ti­fiHG LHLsWHr Ds WhH shRrW, long-haired man he’d seen smash the win­dow, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Cops said that Zwolinski’s wife told them that ear­lier that night, she saw Leis­ter ride by the house on a bi­cy­cle and give her WhH PLGGlH finJHr, DlWhRuJh “she did not think much of it at the time, con­sid­er­ing the trou­ble they had in the past with Leis­ter.” Zwolinski told po­lice that he’d been in a con­fronta­tion with Leis­ter at Manna on Main Street food pantry April 7 af­ter Leis­ter ac­cused Zwolinski of tak­ing too many sand­wiches, acFRrGLnJ WR WhH Df­fiGDvLW.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Zwolinski’s wife told them that at the time of the 911 call she heard a loud noise and thought it was Zwolinski, who was in the base­ment, but based on the noise and af­ter hear­ing her kitchen win­dow shat­ter and bang­ing on the front door, she thought a gun was beLnJ firHG DW WhH hRusH. $W WhDW SRLnW, WhH Df­fiGDvLW states, Zwolinski came up­stairs from the base­ment and heard Leis­ter yelling at him from out­side to come RuW DnG fiJhW, EuW ZZRlLn­ski said he did not leave the house and in­stead waited for po­lice to ar­rive.

A po­lice in­spec­tion of the dam­age to the house re­vealed the front fence had been tram­pled and bro­ken into pieces, that a piece of the fence was used to break the win­dow of the storm door and to dent the front door, that there were dark scuffs to the bot­tom of the front door that ap­peared to be kick marks and that the win­dow had been shat­tered with an ob­ject that could not be de­ter­mined, ac­cordLnJ WR WhH Df­fiGDvLW.

Leis­ter was then ar­rested, trans­ported to Lans­dale po­lice head­quar­ters and ad­min­is­tered a por­ta­ble breath test af­ter he al­legedly ad­mit­ted to re­cently drink­ing al­co­hol at the Ger­man Amer­i­can So­cial Club in Lans­dale; the re­sults in­di­cated a 0.177 per­cent blood-al­co­hol level, court pa­pers show.

Po­lice said that Leis­ter ini­tially de­nied be­ing at the house but then changed his story about the in­ci­dent, claim­ing that Zwolinski had at­tacked him with a back­pack in front of the house but Leis­ter was able to turn Zwolinski around while he was swing­ing the back­pack at him, caus­ing Zwolinski to break his own win­dow.

Leis­ter was charged with crim­i­nal mis­chief and loi­ter­ing and prowl­ing at night — both are third­de­gree mis­de­meanors — as well as ha­rass­ment, pub­lic GrunNHn­nHss, GH­fiDnW WrHs­pass and sim­ple tres­pass, all of which are sum­mary of­fenses.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Dis­trict gudge Harold Borek of Lans­dale is sched­uled for gune 20.

Photo sub­mit­ted by Lans­dale Po­lice Depart­ment

Lans­dale res­i­dent Charles Leis­ter, 50, is ac­cused of smash­ing the kitchen win­dow of al­leged Lans­dale cat stom­per Mieczys­law Zwolinski.

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