An Upper Makefield man who owns a popular local restaurant was accused of firing a pellet gun at two homes on the night of Feb. 3 — one in Solebury, and the other in Upper Makefield.
Andrew “Drew” Abruzzese, 36, who runs the Pineville Tavern in Wrightstown, was charged Tuesday with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal mischief.
A criminal complaint filed by Solebury and Upper Makefield police alleges that a house in Jericho Run in Upper Makefield was fired upon at 11:42 p.m. on Feb 3 by a man driving by a silver Audi, according to surveillance video. One adult and two children were inside the house when it was hit by pellets.
About an hour later, a man in a similar vehicle fired upon a home at Darley Circle in Solebury Township, according to the police affidavit. Two adults and two children were present at the time. Surveillance video showed the driver firing several shots at the house and a car parked in the driveway, both of which sustained “significant damage.”
The police report alleges that the homeowners were friends with Abruzzese before a falling out, and that he “previously harassed and/or threatened them.”
Police also said that an anonymous source told them that Abruzzese asked an employee of the tavern on Feb. 3 to leave a CO2 canister outside the business for him to retrieve later in the evening. Abruzzse’s silver Audi was seen outside the tavern the next day with what appeared to be a pellet gun and the canister, the affidavit says.
Abruzzese was released on $50,000 unsecured bail, and is scheduled to appear in court again on March 23.