Sometimes, even the most benign sort of tool can be used as a weapon. In a recent case, a pizza peel - the broad wooden spatula used to remove hot pizzas from the oven - was used as part of an assault and threat to kill a pizzeria worker.
The incident occurred in Colarusso's Coal Fired Pizza in Dickson City. The defendant allegedly walked into the restaurant, grabbed a pizza peel, and began swinging it at one of the pizzeria workers. It was reported that the man swinging the pizza peel said that he wanted to kill the employee. Two other workers at the pizzeria managed to calm the defendant and get him to leave the restaurant. Once outside, however, the man allegedly grabbed a handgun from his car and began making more threats. He finally left the scene without carrying out his threat.
When police arrived, the alleged victim told police that he used to work for the man who threatened him at another pizzeria in town. Police went to the restaurant and found the alleged assailant. He had a handgun in the waistband of his pants, but no bullet was in the chamber. The man was arrested and charged with simple assault and making terroristic threats. The reason for the dispute was not revealed.
While this episode has a touch of comedy to it, the charges lodged against the defendant are not the least bit funny. Jail time and a substantial fine are among the potential penalties. Anyone who faces similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a consultation can provide a useful analysis of the evidence and the law, potential defense strategies and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: The Times-Tribune, "Police: Man threatened pizzeria worker with wooden pizza peel, gun," Clayton Over, July 12, 2016