Brookville Man Claims to Have Gun Following Domestic Dispute, Charged with Assault

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man is facing charges following a domestic dispute that allegedly involved a firearm.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed the following criminal charges against 41-year-old John Blaine Gervasoni II, of Punxsutawney:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
– Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, Cpl. Means, Cpl. Jarvie, Tpr. Keko, Tpr. Thurner, and Tpr. McNaulty were dispatched to a domestic dispute involving a firearm at a residence on Hildene Lane in Young Township, Jefferson County.

Upon arriving at the scene, Cpl. Means and Cpl. Jarvie discovered a gold Chevrolet Silverado traveling north on State Route 119 near the intersection of the Punxsutawney Walmart. Cpl. Means turned his patrol unit around and discovered that the vehicle was registered to a known male relative of the reported suspect John Blaine Gervasoni II.

The two officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in Wendy’s parking lot and took Gervasoni into custody. They found a 270 bolt action Remington rifle and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun lying on the passenger seat, leaning against the center console. They also discovered several shotgun shells and 270 shells in Gervasoni’s front sweatshirt pocket, as well as several shotgun shells on the passenger seat. All of the items were seized and entered into the PSP Punxsutawney evidence room.

Around 11:35 p.m., the victim filled out a Victim/Witness Statement Form stating that Gervasoni became angry about the victim’s four-year-old child’s behavior and said he would “trash the house.” The victim said Gervasoni went into the bedroom and acted like he was crying for about a half hour. She said she left the residence and went to her mother’s house, but then received a call from her daughter, who told her Gervasoni had smashed the TV in her bedroom.

The victim stated that she returned home, and an argument ensued pertaining to the damaged TV. She said Gervasoni left the residence but came back five minutes later and gathered up his guns and bullets while screaming at her. She stated that she told Gervasoni to leave, and he did, the complaint states.

According to her statement, an hour later her son heard someone outside screaming that “they had a gun. She said they heard their car start, so they shut off all of the lights and went upstairs to hide. She then heard someone on the porch, trying to open the locked door, so she contacted Gervasoni’s brother to come and get him.”

The victim stated that Gervasoni got out of the car at least three times. She also noted that he unloaded the gun prior to getting into his brother’s truck.

Police also noted that the weapons found in the truck were unloaded at the time of seizure.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, Gervasoni was requested to consent to a preliminary breath test. The test indicated a BAC of .138%. Gervasoni was then read his Rights Warning and Waiver Form and acknowledged and signed the form. He told police that he got into an argument with the victim, then grabbed his guns and left the residence. He told police he never threatened anyone, according to the complaint.

Gervasoni was arraigned at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23, in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office.

Unable to post $5,000.00 cash bail (10%), he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

On April 3, Gervasoni was released from jail after $500.00 security bail was posted by a private surety.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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