Dad ALAN SPIRIT, JR. is quite the well-rounded criminal. He chases "a woman" (girlfriend?) carrying a 3-year-old child with a length of metal pipe, bashes the porch railings of a neighbor's house (where the woman had ran) with said pipe, and when his 20-year-old son tries to intervene, Dad hits the son on the head--also with said pipe. He then smashes the windshield of a woman motorist who had stopped to see if help was needed (this time with a hammer--I guess that pipe got too heavy or something). Then when "the woman" with the child get refuge at a neighbor's house, psychodad tries to break in with the hammer, and threatens to kill everybody inside. By now, the police have arrived, so Dad takes off into the woods. He is later apprehended near an expressway. Oh, and did I mention that Dad was found with stolen merchandise (from a burglary)? I'm so surprised....
Kids need this?
Former Turnersville man charged in Gloucester Township rampage
By Gloucester County Times
September 30, 2009, 6:54AM
GLOUCESTER TWP. — A 40-year-old former Turnersville man went on a rampage, assaulting his son, destroying property and chasing a woman carrying a child before being arrested Monday night.
Police were first notified at 9:38 p.m. of the female screaming for help. Police did not identify the woman. Alan Spirit Sr., whose last known address was on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville, allegedly had assaulted his 21-year-old son, Alan Spirit Jr., in a residence on Jarvis Road, said police. During that time, the female had fled carrying a 3-year-old child in her arms.
Spirit allegedly came out of the house armed with a length of metal pipe and chased the woman on foot across Jarvis Road to a neighbor’s house, where he caught up with her. He allegedly pulled her down the steps and swung the pipe, hitting and shattering porch railings.
Police said Spirit then pulled the woman, still clutching the toddler, along the driveway.
Alan Spirit Jr. ran across the street armed with a hammer, but his father hit the younger Spirit in the head with the pipe.
The female was able to break free and ran across Jarvis Road screaming for help. The elder Spirit picked up the hammer and went after her. A motorist stopped to see if she could help, but Spirit used the hammer to smash the windows in her car.
The woman and the child made it to another neighboring residence on Jarvis Road, but Spirit tried to break in, using the hammer, yelling that he would kill the home’s occupants.
Police arrived and Spirit fled into a wooded area. Police searched using a K-9, but Spirit eluded the officers.
Spirit was spotted on Sicklerville Road and Washington Township police found him in the center of the Atlantic City Expressway. After a brief foot chase, Spirit was caught and arrested.
Spirit was charged with simple assault, four counts of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal mischief, kidnapping, resisting arrest and terroristic threats.
Spirit was treated for minor injuries at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Stratford, then released to the Camden County Jail, where he was lodged in default of $150,000 full cash bail.
During the follow-up investigation, it was learned that Spirit allegedly was in possession of items taken during an earlier burglary in Washington Township and additional charges are pending.