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An Antis Township man faces charges after state police say he pulled a gun on a group of people smoking marijuana in their apartment.
Melvin C. Grassmyer II, 40, of 2254 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., is due in Tyrone District Court on Oct. 17 for his preliminary hearing on recklessly endangering another person and simple assault charges stemming from the alleged incident in June where he allegedly smelled marijuana while getting his mail and then burst through a neighbor door brandishing a gun.
Grassmyer told police he has a permit to carry a concealed gun and after he unholstered his pistol, he pointed it at the ground. Grassmyer allegedly told Setser, the 14 year old, two other juveniles and 41 year old Dana Ray Brown Jr. to get on the ground,
that no one was leaving and he was calling police. Grassmyer said he was making a arrest, state police noted in the charges.
When separated and asked about the incident outside, the juveniles, along with Setser and Brown, told police they were sitting in the living room of the apartment and watching television, with the juveniles contending the adults were smoking pot but they were not.
They all said Grassmyer entered the apartment without knocking and pointed the handgun at them, ordering them to the floor because he was calling the police. The trooper seized the pipe one that was described as black with blue and green stripes from Brown,
who admitted it belonged to him. The handgun was also taken as evidence.
Grassmyer is charged with five counts each of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person and simple assault while Setser and Brown each face a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. Brown is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.