Two Harrison men charged with ethnic intimidation
Two Harrison men are accused of heckling black neighbors along Walnut Street in Natrona with a derogatory name and allegedly pointing a handgun with green laser at them. One of the men is accused of pointing a handgun in a second incident, too.
David Loughner, 69, of Walnut Street is charged with two counts each of ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats, simple assault, and conspiracy for the initial incident police say happened in late June. The charges were filed Aug. 10.
Nathan Pawlowski, 21, of the same address and who police said was Loughner’s grandson, is charged with one count each of ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats and harassment for the June 23 case.
Pawlowski also is charged with ethnic intimidation, terrorist threats and harassment from an incident Wednesday in which police said he was brandishing another handgun.
He is in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond for the second case.
In the June case, Pawlowski is accused of hitting one of the neighbors after an argument in which Loughner was punched. According to police, Loughner was punched in the head and fell to the street. He was evaluated by medics and taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital.
Pawlowski told police one of the neighbors threw a bicycle at him before he started to hit the man.
That alleged victim was slammed into a car hood by Pawlowski, police say, damaging the car in the process.
Loughner was given a non-monetary bond pending a preliminary hearing slated for Aug. 22 in the Brackenridge office of District Judge Carolyn Bengel.
Pawlowski is scheduled to attend the same hearing and a second one on Aug. 29.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.