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Warrant issued for man facing drug, gun and dog charges, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 12 2013 12:14:40 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Police are looking for a man who had drugs and an illegal gun in his home and whose pit bull made unprovoked attacks on a man and two dogs last month, officials said.

A warrant was issued Thursday for Gerald D. Crowley, whose aliases include Shawn Jones and Shawn Givens, officials said.

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 Monday, officials said.

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

Investigators were inside 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.

Apgar told police Roxy came on to his North New Street property and attacked his dog Rudy, while Deak reported he and his dog Buddy were injured seriously enough to require medical attention when Roxy attacked them in the area of North New and Ettwein streets just after midnight, officials said.

Deak said he had to inflict injuries on Roxy in self-defense, officials noted.
Police first encountered Crowley at his home on Monday while responding to a report of a 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 no licensed or wearing a rabies vaccination tag.

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

Crowley, 34, is facing 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, according to court documents.