Monroe County man fires rifle at Jehovah’s Witnesses talking to wife, police say
Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 5:05 PM
William George Kalapach, of the 400 block of Schoolhouse Road, confronted two of the victims, a 53-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman, while they spoke to his wife at about 11 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said. He yelled for them to get off his property and threatened to get a gun, police said.
Three other victims — a 20-year-old woman, a 38-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy — were nearby waiting inside the 53-year-old’s car, police said.
As the first two victims walked to the car, Kalapach, 59, emerged from the garage with a 9 mm rifle, police said. He fired four shots at the ground near the car while yelling that the victims weren’t moving fast enough, police said.
All of the victims are from East Stroudsburg, said police, who did not name them. Jehovah’s Witnesses routinely go door-to-door to spread the word about their faith.
Kalapach is charged with a single count of aggravated assault and five counts each of terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, police said. He was sent to Monroe County Correctional Facility to await arraignment before District Judge Kristina Anzini.
Troopers removed the rifle from Kalapach’s home, police said.
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