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Allentown man allegedly greets new neighbors with insults, gun

Police said he became drunk and began fighting

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police in Allentown said an East Johnston Street man wasn’t being terribly neighborly Saturday, when he allegedly got drunk, began throwing around racist insults and pointed a handgun at his new neighbors.

Authorities charged Stephen Werner with disorderly conduct, harassment, public drunkenness and four counts of simple assault in connection with the disturbance he allegedly caused late Saturday night in the first block of East Johnston Street.

District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 53-year-old Sunday morning, setting bail at $25,000. Werner was released from Lehigh County Jail later that day after posting bail.

Allentown police initially responded to East Johnston Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. for calls about a man with a gun threatening people on the block. A 911 caller directed police to Werner’s darkened front porch, where an officer drew his weapon and ordered Werner to show his hands, according to court records.

Once Werner complied and was safely stowed in the back of a police car, authorities began sorting out what had happened.

A witness told police that Werner had moved in about two days earlier. He was entertaining friends and family on Saturday, when he invited the new neighbor over for a drink, according to court records.

After tossing back a few, Werner allegedly began acting “a little weird,” according to records. The witness reported Werner began making racist comments toward people at the party and was asked to leave, police said.

Things became physical before Werner’s departure and several people were pushed and punched.

Werner went home only to return a few minutes later with what witnesses said was a silver handgun, which he started pointing at people, according to records. He also allegedly began threatening to kill the partygoers, prompting people to scatter and run inside. Werner reportedly ran back to his house before police arrived.

His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 8.


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