Man moons, punches 88-year-old

December 3, 2008 10:51:41 AM PST
A man spit in the face of an 88-year-old retired state police trooper, then mooned him and punched him after the elderly man criticized the way he parked. Edward Perillo, 55, of Shickshinny, was convicted Tuesday of harassment and disorderly conduct and ordered to pay a $600 fine for the attack on Curtis Kahl, a former commander of the state police barracks in Bloomsburg.

Kahl was sitting in his SUV outside a supermarket on Oct. 2, waiting for his wife to finish shopping, when Perillo pulled up in a van and backed into a space in front of him. Perillo left half his vehicle in the driving zone, so Kahl leaned out his window and told him about it.

"He yelled out the window, 'Who taught you to back up?"' testified witness Regina Andrezze, 27, Berwick. "Then the other guy got out of his vehicle, and said, 'Mind your own (expletive) business!"'

Perillo walked up to Kahl's SUV and spit in his face. Kahl got out of the vehicle, intending to wait for his wife inside the store; Perillo mooned him, then punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground, Andrezze said.

She said she stepped in between them and told Perillo to back off, and helped the bloodied Kahl to his feet.

Kahl, a World War II veteran who spent almost 30 years with the state police, said he could have handled Perillo by himself if he had been younger.

"If it would have been 10 years ago, your honor, this would have been a different story," Kahl told District Judge Richard Cashman.

Perillo did not attend the hearing.

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Information from: Press Enterprise

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