A Hellertown man is facing charges related to an alleged domestic incident which police say occurred at his home in the 100 block of E. Saucon Street on the afternoon of Oct. 9.
In a news release Wednesday, police said Mario Gonzalez, 20, was arrested after officers were dispatched to his home at around 4:15 p.m.
Court records indicate that the report officers received was of “a domestic dispute involving a weapon.”
According to the criminal complaint against Gonzalez filed by Hellertown Police Ofc. Jeff Johnston in Northampton County District Court 03-2-04, as Johnston approached the home from Cherry Street he “observed a male exiting the residence with a black in color gun in his right hand.”
Johnston stated that he then issued verbal commands to the man–who is identified in the complaint as Gonzalez–at which point he “was taken into custody without further incident.”
Johnston wrote in the complaint that Gonzalez allegedly admitted striking his father and displaying a weapon in front of him “to put fear into his father after his father had disrespected him.”
The complaint indicated that what was initially believed to be a Glock Model 19 handgun in Gonzalez’s possession was in fact “a Glock Model 19 air pistol designed to expel metal BBs.”
According to police and court records, Gonzalez has been charged with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats. All of the charges except for the harassment charge–which is graded as a summary offense–are classed as misdemeanors.
Following his Oct. 9 preliminary arraignment before District Judge Alan Mege in the district court in Lower Saucon Township, Gonzalez was released on $50,000 unsecured bail, court records state.
A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled to be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. before Mege in district court, the records indicate.