Four Clarion County Men Accused of Pellet Gun Drive-By Shooting
According to court documents, Clarion-based State Police filed the following charges against 22-year-old Charles Edward Mealy, 18-year-old Otto James Robert Baker, and 24-year-old Michael Patrick Alvarado, all of Clarion, and 26-year-old John Scott Stephens, of Knox:
– Conspiracy – Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Conspiracy – Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Summary
A second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault was also filed against Mealy.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred along U.S. 322 in Clarion Township involving all four men listed above.
According to a criminal complaint, on September 10, Troopers Drayer and Dubovi, of PSP Clarion, were dispatched to the above-described location for a report of a vehicle driving by and someone shooting out of a vehicle window before fleeing the scene toward Clarion Borough.
PCO Kostok, of the Clarion-based State Police, contacted the Clarion Borough Police Department and relayed a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) for the described vehicle, and while Troopers Drayer and Dubovi were en route to the scene, they were notified that Clarion Borough Police had the described car stopped at the Clarion Sheetz parking lot.
After arriving at the parking lot, Trooper Drayer began searching the suspect vehicle for weapons.
The complaint notes he located a gray PFM16 BB pistol in the seat back of the passenger seat of the vehicle and then located a black PSM45 BB pistol in the left front of the trunk of the car, as well as two sling shots in the rear center of the trunk.
According to the complaint, the individuals in the vehicle – identified as John Stephens, Charles Mealy, Michael Alvarado, and Otto Baker – admitted that they intentionally shot at a vehicle, residence, and bystanders. Stephens was then transported to the former Trader Horn location in Clarion to recover a pellet/BB rifle also allegedly used during the incident that the men had intentionally hidden prior to police contact.
Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on Monday, September 30.
Preliminary hearings for the cases have not yet been scheduled.
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