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