68 Year-Old Morrisville Man Has Aggravated Assault Charges Held Over; Hit with Harassment Violation Too
John Mellor, 68, of Morrisville had all six charges for aggravated assault, and related offenses, held over in Morrisville District Court last week, according to online court records.
Mellor is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, five counts of reckless endangerment and 1 possession of weapon offense for a November incident in which he reportedly fired his 12 -gauge shotgun at a vehicle with children in it twice, police said.
A little past 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, Mellor fired his 12-gauge shotgun twice at a motorist who was traveling Clymer Avenue with another adult and two children, the criminal complaint charged.
On the day of the incident, Morrisville Police were dispatched to the area of Clymer and Cox Avenues for reports of shots fired. Court records show that officers arrived on scene and interviewed a male subject who told the responding officers the gun shots were coming from the 500 block of Clymer Ave.
Meanwhile, a female subject flagged down one of the two officers responding to the shots fired report, telling police a male “fired a shotgun” at her with two children and another adult in the car, according to court documents.
Police say the terrified woman said the incident also occurred on the 500 block of Clymer Ave.
Police drove Clymer Ave. and observed a white male in blue clothing standing outside a residence and waving his hands wildly in the air complaining about speeding motorists, court records show.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Morrisville Police asked Mellor where was the shotgun and in turn he told police that the weapon was in the basement of his home. Mellor told authorities that he fired the shots in the air because of speeding motorists.
Police retrieved the black 12 gauge Mose Pump Shotgun at 3:01 p.m, officers wrote in court documents and also took Mellor into custody.
Police inspected the weapon back at headquarters. They observed one spent shell in the chamber, noting the gun magazine holds six shots and writing two shells were missing from the magazine, court records show.
Police further interviewed victims who told police they were traveling on Clymer Ave. They noticed a white male yelling at them, who then proceeded to run in and out his residence to allegedly get his shotgun. He pointed the gun at them, firing once and then walked closer to the vehicle about 50 feet away, police say, firing a second shot.
According to the officers, the victims told police they could see the smoke from the first shot waft in to the air.
Two area residents came out to see what was happening and the woman driver told them to call the police as she shook with fear, police said in the criminal complaint.
Mellor was jailed but posted bond a short time later, county court records show. Meanwhile, prior to his preliminary hearing last week, he was charged with a summary offense for harassment, connected to a number of social media posts in which Mellor threatened a Morrisville woman in January.
The summary offense case will be heard by District Judge Jan Vislosky on February 24. No information is available as whether the summary offense complicates Mellor’s bail status.
Mellor is scheduled for arraignment in Bucks County Criminal Court on March 5.