Derry Twp. man accused of making a bang for a buck in Wal-Mart lot
A Derry Township man allegedly got his bang — and a buck — at a Wal-Mart in Indiana County and now is in trouble with authorities.
Arcangelo Bianco Jr., 40, of 112 Cribbs Way has been charged with shooting at a deer from the parking lot of the big-box retailer in Burrell about 2:10 p.m. on Nov. 26.
Bianco was driving through the lot when he spied the scampering buck and got out of his pickup truck with a handgun, game commission officials said.
“As the deer ran around the corner of the Wal-Mart building, the defendant exited his vehicle with a handgun and began firing multiple rounds at the deer,” according to the affidavit filed by Jack Lucas, a wildlife conservation officer.
“(Bianco) pursued the deer through the parking lot and across Route 22, where he killed the deer,” the court papers add.
Bianco loaded the deer into the bed of his truck and took it to a meat processor for butchering, authorities said.
Lucas said he filed the charges partly on information he received from others, including customers in the store parking lot.
“It was a several-month investigation in that case,” he said. “We had numerous phones calls leading to the arrest.”
Bianco denied the allegations on Wednesday.
“The truth will come out,” he said from the office of his paving business. “Everything is going to change. I'm not supposed to talk about it. Nothing that's being said has the truth about it.”
Lucas and Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor for the commission's southwest region, and Bianco's attorney, Jason Huska, declined to discuss the specific circumstances of the case.
“Mr. Bianco denies any wrongdoing in the matter, and we intend to fully defend against the charges brought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission,” Huska said.
Fazi said he has never heard of anyone shooting at a deer from a store parking lot.
“But nothing surprises me anymore,” he added. “(Bianco) just happened to be there, saw this deer and took it upon himself to do what he allegedly did. This is not hunting. This is shooting at a deer.”
The incident did occur during deer season, game commission officials said.
A store manager declined comment on Wednesday and referred questions to Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters, where a spokesperson didn't return a call immediately.
Lucas said he confiscated surveillance footage and the deer.
Authorities have charged Bianco with recklessly endangering others by allegedly shooting multiple times from the lot.
He further has been charged with killing or taking big game unlawfully, failing to have a hunting license, discharging a weapon across a highway, discharging a weapon in a safety zone and using a motor vehicle to hunt illegally.
He faces a preliminary hearing May 1 before Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega.
He will be sent a notice of the charges by Rega's office.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.