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Gerald Crowley, wanted on drug, gun, dog charges, now in custody, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 19 2013 01:40:46 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A pit bull owner who was found with drugs and an illegal gun in his home after his canine made unprovoked attacks on a man and two dogs last month is now in custody.

Gerald D. Crowley, 34, whose aliases include Shawn Jones and Shawn Givens, was picked up Thursday on a warrant issued last week, officials said.

Crowley was arraigned on eight charges, including illegal possession of a firearm, possessing drugs with the intent to deliver, harboring a dangerous dog and giving false identification to police, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

Investigators discovered crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded Strum Ruger .357 Magnum handgun in a locked bedroom when they searched in his home at 9 West Ettwein St., Bethlehem, on July 8, officials said.

Crowley's criminal history includes five drug convictions, which preclude him from owning a firearm, officials pointed out.

Investigators searched Crowley's home because two of his neighbors, Ryan Apgar and John Deak, reported that Crowley's pit bull Roxy was on the loose and attacked their dogs without provocation on June 10 and June 30, respectively, officials said.

Police first encountered Crowley at his home on July 8 while responding to a report of a dog hanging from a tie out, officials said, and at that time he told them his name was Shawn Givens and that the dog was not licensed or wearing a rabies vaccination tag.

Police found the drugs and gun when they returned with search warrants, but Crowley was gone, officials added.