PHOENIXVILLE - An argument between two men led to shots being fired outside the Val Rio Diner, and a Phoenixville man arrested on a slew of charges, including aggravated assault, early Monday morning.
Craig B. Weiner, 30, of the first block of North Whitehorse Road, Phoenixville, was arrested at his residence by police at 5:25 a.m. following their investigation into the incident that occurred at the Vale Rio Diner, 496 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, around 2:36 a.m. May 24.
Witnesses told Officer Brad Dobry that two males were fighting in the rear parking lot of the diner, and that one of the men, who fired the shot, left in a vehicle. Dobry said he spoke with the victim, whose name is being withheld by The Phoenix, about the incident.
"He told me that he and Craig Weiner were arguing behind the diner," said Dobry. "Both men were driving back to Phoenixville from East Coventry when they began arguing in Weiner's Blazer. Weiner pulled alongside the victim's vehicle, and when the victim exited the vehicle to go towards his own, Weiner exited the Blazer."
The victim told Dobry that Weiner approached him "aggressively," which prompted the victim to hit Weiner, backing him away so the victim could enter his Jeep.
"The victim began to back out of the parking space, when he saw Weiner walk to the driver's side door of his Blazer," said Dobry. "The victim saw Weiner reaching toward the driver's seat area and pulled out a black handgun. Weiner then fired one shot at the Jeep, striking the driver's side rear tire. Another parked vehicle was struck, shattering the back windshield."
The victim ran inside the diner for help as Weiner then entered his Blazer and left the parking lot, said Dobry.
During their investigation, police recovered a 9mm shell casing found laying on the ground next to the parking space where the victim's Jeep was parked. Dobry said he checked with Chester County Police Radio to verify if Weiner had a permit and/or license to carry a firearm, to which he was informed that he didn't have a permit.
Weiner is charged with aggravated assault; firearms not to be carried without a license; discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; terroristic threats; propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway; harassment; disorderly conduct; and possessing instrument of crime.
He was arraigned before District Justice Ted Michaels Monday morning and remanded to Chester County Prison in lieu of ten percent of $25,000 cash bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 9 a.m.