Bucks prison guard charged in shooting incident

Posted: August 02, 2013

A Bucks County prison guard was charged Wednesday with crimes including simple assault and recklessly endangering another person after he allegedly shot at someone in Holland last month over a dispute about his girlfriend.

Anthony Pekarski Jr., 26, of Levittown, was driving his girlfriend and two others about 2 a.m. June 21 when Pekarski noticed one of the passengers, Pearson Crosby, talking with Pekarski's girlfriend in the backseat, according to court documents.

Pekarski pulled over, documents say, and ordered Crosby to get out. The two got into a physical confrontation outside the car, and Pekarski eventually reached inside and pulled out a .40-caliber Ruger.

He fired two shots as Crosby was running away, he told police.

He said he fired into the ground to scare Crosby away, but Crosby told police he heard a bullet hit branches above his head as he was running.

Pekarski told police after the incident that he believed Crosby had a knife, but none of the witnesses, including Pekarski, remembered seeing one. Pekarski told police that he thought he felt the knife against his side, but he had no torn clothing or injuries.

Pekarski turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at District Court in Richboro, according to Northampton Township Detective Charles Pinkerton, and was released until his next court appearance.

County spokesperson Chris Edwards said that Pekarski was still employed by the county and that the incident was being evaluated.

Contact Chris Palmer at 609-217-8305 or cpalmer@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @cs_palmer.

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