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Mt. Pleasant man faces charges in alleged fight involving weapon

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A Mt. Pleasant man faces charges in connection with an alleged fight involving a weapon outside of his borough home recently, police said.

At approximately 8:44 p.m. Aug. 5, Mt. Pleasant Borough Officer George Grippo and Assistant Chief Dan Zilli responded to the alleged incident, which took place outside the home of Daniel Henry Deambroggi, 48, of 909 W. Washington St., according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 6 by Grippo at the office of Norvelt District Judge Roger F. Eckels.

Upon arrival, the officers were met by Dominic Lidsay, Silvana Bafumi and Bernard Rudnick, who alleged that Deambroggi exited his residence in possession of a long gun and pointed the gun at them and threatened to shoot them, the complaint states.

Bafumi and Rudnick told police they work with mentally challenged adults who live at a residence located at 835 W. Washington St., the complaint states.

At the time of the incident, they said they were taking a walk with Lidsay, a resident in their care, along Washington Street when Lidsay walked about two feet into Deambroggi's yard, the complaint states.

At that time, Deambroggi allegedly started yelling that he didn't want them on his property, the complaint states.

Bafumi and Rudnick explained to Deambroggi that Lidsay was mentally challenged, and then they started walking away from his property, the complaint states.

At that time, Bafumi and Rudnick alleged, Deambroggi told Lidsay “you give black guys a bad name,” the complaint states.

Deambroggi then allegedly went inside his residence and retrieved a .22 caliber rifle, pointed it in the direction of Lidsay, Bafumi and Rudnick, and stated “I am gonna shoot you,” the complaint states.

Bafumi, who also lives on Washington Street near the scene of the alleged incident, then called her husband, Scott Williams, who knows Deambroggi, and asked him to come outside, the complaint states.

Williams came outside and attempted to calm Deambroggi down, the complaint states.

Deambroggi then allegedly told Williams he would no longer speak with him and again retrieved the rifle, the complaint states.

Deambroggi allegedly raised the rifle to his shoulder and pointed it at Lidsay, Bafumi and Rudnick, who at that time were approximately two houses away from Deambroggi's house, the complaint states.

After speaking to Lidsay, Bafumi and Rudnick, officer Grippo and assistant chief Zilli approached Deambroggi's house, where he was standing on the front porch, the complaint states.

Officers Grippo and Zilli ordered Deambroggi out onto the sidewalk, where they took him into custody, the complaint states. Deambroggi was handcuffed and placed into the back of a patrol car, the complaint states, where he was read his rights by Zilli.

At that time, Deambroggi allegedly gave Zilli permission to enter his house and retrieve the weapon, the complaint states.

Deambroggi accompanied Zilli, along with two other officers, into the house, the complaint states.

Upon retrieval, the weapon was not loaded with ammunition, Grippo said.

Deambroggi is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

He faces preliminary hearing before Eckels at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 26.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 and