Threats against officer land Oakmont man in jail

Chuck Biedka
| Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

Police said an Oakmont man who was arrested in an alleged domestic dispute on Tuesday night was arrested again early Thursday for alleged repeated threats to an Oakmont police officer.

Just after 2 a.m. Thursday, police got an arrest warrant for David Thomas Dezzutti, 48, of Crystal Drive after he allegedly threatened police Officer Jack Eaton earlier in the night.

According to court documents, someone at Dezzutti's house called 911 about 10 p.m. Wednesday to request police, but the caller declined to tell a dispatcher what was wrong.

Officers Chris Whaley, Joseph Cattani and Eaton arrived to find an agitated Dezzutti on his porch, allegedly smelling of alcohol and appearing intoxicated, according to court papers.

Eaton reportedly tried to stay in the background because of past encounters with Dezzutti, but Dezzutti “focused his attention” on Eaton, according to court papers.

Police said Dezzutti had no “legitimate reason to have called for police” and that it “was clear he was trying to create a confrontation,” according to court documents.

As police began to leave, they said Dezzutti threatened and swore at Eaton, saying Eaton “should be prepared for (Dezzutti) to find (Eaton) in a dark alley some night.”

Fearing for Dezzutti's “deteriorating mental state and frequency of physical threats of harm” toward Eaton, police requested a search warrant and arrested Dezzutti.

He is charged with retaliation for past official action, making terroristic threats and summary charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Court documents indicate he was lodged in the Allegheny County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $75,000 bond.

It was the second time this week charges were filed against Dezzutti and at least the fourth time he had threatened Eaton, according to court records.

Police responded to the Crystal Drive house on Tuesday night for an alleged domestic dispute between Dezzutti and a woman. Police said they found a large kitchen knife in his back pocket.

As Whaley and Cattani were taking Dezzutti to the county jail, he allegedly threatened Eaton. In that incident, Dezzutti was charged with simple assault and released on $5,000 bond.

On Sept. 29, Whaley and another officer responded to Dezzutti's house at his request. During that visit, police said Dezzutti threatened to “knock (Eaton's) teeth out” and made other threats toward the officer, who was not present.

Police said Dezzutti was responsible for injuring former Officer Erich Geppert in 2007 when Geppert responded to a 911 hang-up call and a domestic dispute at the Crystal Drive house.

Police said they believe Dezzutti thought Geppert was Eaton and attacked the officer. Geppert reportedly needed two surgeries on his shoulder and was unable to work for two years, according to court documents.

Dezzutti has a preliminary hearing on this week's charges tentatively planned for Oct. 23 before Plum District Judge Linda Zucco.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

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