Bowmanstown mayoral candidate charged with pointing gun at Allentown detective
A Bowmanstown mayoral candidate has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun at an Allentown detective.
Democrat Barry J. Pointon, 27, will run for the borough's mayoral post against fellow Democrat William Ravert in the May primary. No one is running on the Republican side.
With the Primary just three weeks away, Pointon contacted the TIMES NEWS to share his side of the story.
"I want my voters to know I'm completely honest with them about this," Pointon said. "I want to make sure my voters understand."
Pointon added "I appreciate every person in this town. I love this town, and I want to let them know what's going on before the Primary."
In his words, Pointon said he exited the Home Depot in Whitehall Township at around 3:30 Nov. 15, when a vehicle hit him in the legs as his wife and then-one-year-old child, sat in his car nearby.
"When it hit me in my legs, my hands went down on the hood," he said. "When I looked up, the driver wasn't looking at me; he was looking to his passenger side window, and was cursing at me."
Pointon added "the next thing I know, he gets out of his car with a gun," he said. "I'm licensed to carry a gun, so I pulled out my own gun."
It was at that point when Pointon said he was able to see that the man was an officer because he could see part of the word "police" on a vest the man was wearing underneath his unbuttoned shirt.
"I dropped my weapon, got down on the ground, and he put me in cuffs," he said. "Whitehall Police arrived, as they were doing an undercover drug sting."
Pointon said the officer turned out to be Allentown detective Tom Anderson, who arrested him. Anderson was at the Home Depot parking lot for a drug bust, an investigation that didn't involve Pointon.
Initially charged with two misdemeanors - simple assault and disorderly conduct - Pointon said "instead of him admitting that he had struck me, or that he maybe had struck me, this officer decides he wants to push it, and filed felony charges against me."
Several weeks later, Pointon said aggravated assault on a police officer, a felony, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, were added to the list of charges.
But, Pointon said the police report says he walked in front of Anderson's car, forcing him to brake, and that Pointon slammed his hands down on the hood of Anderson's vehicle.
At that point, police said Pointon pulled out his gun and aimed it at Anderson, who then identified himself as an officer and pulled his gun.
Pointon said the complaint says he complied with Anderson's directions.
Pointon is free on $50,000 unsecured bail. He is scheduled to have a status trial conference May 7 before Judge Kelly L. Banach.