Gun Pulled, Pointed at Victim After Car Crash
The latest from the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Wyda.
Although the suspect apologized and the victim agreed "stupid things can happen," district Judge Robert Wyda still waived all charges against Aaron Michael Fish to court.
"We don't take guns lightly," district Judge Wyda said.
Fish, 29, of 1720 Greentree Rd., Scott Township, is accused of pointing a loaded gun at the victim after the two got into a car accident.
The incident happened on Feb. 23 at the intersection of Highland Road and Oxford Drive, near Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park.
The victim said he and his wife were riding in the right lane of traffic when the suspect suddenly and unexpectedly turned into their lane. The victim's vehicle hit the curb and guardrail to avoid the suspect's SUV.
After the crash, the victim approached Fish's vehicle and said they should call 911. That's when the victim said Fish pulled out a gun and pointed it at his forehead.
The victim said he stepped back from the vehicle and Fish sped off.
The victim's wife got the license plate number and reported it to police.
Police arrested the suspect at his home in Scott Township later that night.
Fish told police he didn't call them because he was scared and unsure of what to do.
He had a permit for the gun, which police found to be loaded.
District Judge Wyda said this was the first castle doctrine case he's had in his courtroom since Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law in June 2011.
The castle doctrine bill allows the right to use a gun or other deadly force in self-defense in situations outside, not just inside, a person’s home or business, such as a vehicle.
Fish has insurance and will pay for the victim's vehicle to get fixed.
The case against Jason Timothy Oliver, 24, of 37 Pennsylvania Ave., Monessen, was continued on Monday.
Oliver is charged with stealing an iPhone and jewelry from an Upper St. Clair couple while they were on vacation in October 2011.
When the couple returned to their Southwick Drive home, the woman reported her iPhone missing to Upper St. Clair police.
Another woman and Oliver, her fiancé, had been staying at the couple's house to babysit their two young children.
Later that day after the victim reported her cell phone missing, Oliver called police and admitted to taking the phone and some gold jewelry valued at $2,700. He told police he sold the jewelry to Cash for Gold in Belle Vernon for $400, according to the complaint.
Oliver called the police again the next day and said he still had a silver bracelet, silver ring and gold cross. He turned the jewelry and iPhone into police to return to the victims, according to the complaint.
The case was continued for 120 days. Oliver must pay restitution and avoid contact with victims.
Charges Waived to Court
Mark Anton, 54, of 110 Fireside Dr., Canonsburg, is charged with driving under the influence and driving on roadways laned for traffic.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Upper St. Clair police, an off-duty Centerville police officer reported a vehicle traveling in the wrong lane on Boyce Road at 12:10 a.m. on Feb. 6.
Upper St. Clair police responded to the area and found the dark pickup truck swerving on Washington Road headed south.
Anton's blood alcohol content level was measured at .142 percent. The legal level of alcohol in Pennsylvania is .08 percent.
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