Zigmund Januszewski, 41, 0f 260 Creek Road, Wapwallopen, has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, Unlawful Restraint, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment stemming from an incident that took place on December 23, 2017. Trooper Jason Zoshak, PA State Police, Troop N, Hazleton, filed the charges on December 23, 2017.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on December 23, 2017 at about 12:22 a. m., Trooper Robert Minnick and Trooper Zoshak responded to Creek Road in Dorrance Township. They were advised that the call-taker reported on an open-line and heard a female yelling for help in the background. Troopers were familiar with the address and the occupants from numerous prior incidents at the location.
Upon arrival, the Troopers could hear a male and female screaming inside the residence. The sliding glass door that is used as the primary entry into the residence was closed and covered with a curtain. As Troopers attempted to make verbal contact with the occupants, the female victim, who Troopers identified as Heather Anna Conway, opened the curtain. Troopers observed that the victim was handcuffed and laying on the floor in obvious distress. The defendant, Zigmund John Januszewski immediately came to the door and closed the curtain. After several verbal commands to open the door, the defendant began yelling profanities at the Troopers and yelled, “Come back with a f---ing warrant”.
At that time, the Troopers opened the sliding glass door and made entry into the residence. The defendant immediately grabbed the victim and kneeled behind her in an attempt to use her as a shield from the Troopers. It was immediately apparent to the Troopers that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance(s).
The Troopers attempted to take the defendant into custody when he tensed up and after numerous commands, refused to place his hands behind his back. Troopers were able to overcome the resistence of the defendant after a significant struggle and placed him into the handcuffs.
The victim related that upon the defendant returning home from work, he began talking and acting crazy. The victim related that the defendant began to smash furniture inside the home, and threw several items at her.
The victim the related that the defendant grabbed her by the hair while she was in the living room, and drug her across the floor into the kitchen. Once inside the kitchen, began striking the victim with a bag of garbage, and rubbed garbage in her face.
During the assault, the victim related that the defendant was holding a shotgun or rifle and was pointing it at her, telling her that he would kill her. While on the floor in the kitchen, the victim related that the defendant kicked her in the face, head and back with his boot. The defendant then drug her into the bedroom where he continued to verbally abuse her. At that time, the victim related that the defendant got a pair of handcuffs out of his safe, and placed one cuff on her left wrist, and the other on her left leg. The defendant then told the victim again that he was going to kill her, and picked up a throw carpet off of the floor in the bedroom. The victim related that the defendant wrapped the carpet around her face and neck. The defendant choked the victim to the point where she couldn’t breathe and she believed he was going to kill her.
At that time, the defendant began to strike the victim with the gun in the head and back, causing injury. The victim then related that the defendant let her go to clean up the kitchen while handcuffed. The victim was able to crawl to the living room and dial 911 on her cell phone and leave the phone under the couch. The victim related that upon arrival of the Troopers, the defendant dropped the gun into a vent in the floor of the living room. Troopers recovered the gun from the basement of the residence. The Harrington & Richardson .410 gauge shotgun was loaded with one slug in the chamber round. There was one slug round, and two birdshot rounds attached to the sleeve of on the shotgun.
The victim sustained a laceration behind her left ear and severe bruising on her neck and back. The victim also had visible injuries on her wrist, ankle and thights. Troopers observed numerous other bruises about the victim’s body.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled 11:30 a. m. on January 3, 2018.