Fran­co­nia man charged with stalk­ing, ha­rass­ment

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler bkeeler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @by­bob­keeler on Twit­ter

FRAN­CO­NIA >> A 36-year-old Fran­co­nia man faces mul­ti­ple charges of ha­rass­ment, stalk­ing and dis­or­derly con­duct fol­low­ing a se­ries of events that are be­lieved to have started with an in­ci­dent be­tween his child and the child’s class­mate, court doc­u­ments in the case show.

Michael Brown Jr., of the 300 block of Al­len­town Road, was taken to Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity Nov. 2 af­ter fail­ing to post $5,000 bail fol­low­ing pre­lim­i­nary ar­raign­ment be­fore District Judge Albert Au­gus­tine, Har­leysville, on­line court doc­u­ments show.

Fol­low­ing a June in­ci­dent at school, the fam­i­lies of both stu­dents were no­ti­fied, Fran­co­nia Town­ship po­lice De­tec­tive Sgt. Ge­orge Moyer III wrote in the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause in the case.

In a sub­se­quent group text, the Browns said they did not want any fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the other fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Brown re­peat­edly drove by the other fam­ily’s home, though, po­lice said. Af­ter in­stalling a video cam­era at their home, the fam­ily recorded Brown nu­mer­ous times driv­ing by their home, then turn­ing around and driv­ing past the home in the other di­rec­tion, the af­fi­davit said.

“Sev­eral times Brown had to re­gain con­trol of his ve­hi­cle be­cause of be­ing dis­tracted watch­ing the residence,” the af­fi­davit said.

Brown fre­quently drove by just be­fore or af­ter the school bus stopped at the home, af­ter which the vic­tim fam­ily made ar­range­ments to be at home when their child got off the bus, the doc­u­ments said.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, Brown stopped in a neigh­bor’s drive­way and watched the vic­tim’s home through binoc­u­lars, po­lice said.

There are also videos of Brown pulling into Ro­manowski Field in Telford dur­ing Soud­er­ton Braves foot­ball prac­tices and sit­ting for an extended pe­riod with his ve­hi­cle door open, then when the other fam­ily ar­rived and parked at the other

end, Brown closed the ve­hi­cle door, pulled out of his park­ing area and to­ward the other ve­hi­cle, slowed as he passed it, re­turned and passed the other ve­hi­cle less than a minute later and parked in the spot he was ini­tially parked, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

Both Brown and the other fam­ily have chil­dren in­volved in the Soud­er­ton Braves pro­gram, the af­fi­davit said. The 2018 pro­gram book listed Brown as an as­sis­tant coach.

As of Fri­day evening, Nov. 9, con­tacts at the Soud­er­ton Braves pro­gram had not re­sponded to a re­quest

for comment.

“This depart­ment has also re­ceived com­plaints from neigh­bors of Brown, who be­cause of his ac­tions and his post­ing on In­sta­gram fear for their safety,” the af­fi­davit said. “Brown con­tin­u­ously posts pic­tures of him­self with var­i­ous weapons. His posts also in­clude ver­biage of threat­en­ing dia­log. His weapons are both pur­chased and self­man­u­fac­tured. He prides him­self on be­ing a mem­ber of Op­er­a­tion Were­wolf, which ap­pears to be a Naz­ibased or­ga­ni­za­tion or white [su­prem­a­cist] or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Their ideals are to be stronger and more in­tim­i­dat­ing than their op­po­nent. They are known as a tribe and not a fam­ily. Brown has also posted pic­tures of his chil­dren learn­ing how to de­fend them­selves with home­made weapons and tac­tikey weapons.”

Brown is charged with 37 counts of each crime, which in­cludes two sep­a­rate ha­rass­ment charges along with the dis­or­derly con­duct and stalk­ing charges, bring­ing the to­tal to 148 counts.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Au­gus­tine is sched­uled for Nov. 14.

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