A Meadville man will stand trial in Crawford County for allegedly firing at least three shots at vehicles and homes in the city last month.
Ragene J. Gilbert, 24, of 262 Walker Drive, was ordered held for trial on multiple Meadville Police Department charges following a 45-minute preliminary hearing Monday before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino.
Police accuse Gilbert of firing at least three shots from a .380-caliber handgun while he was driving in the area of Randolph and North Main streets the night of April 2. No one was injured in the incident.
Detective Sgt. Neil Falco testified Monday that police were called around 8:40 p.m. April 2 by a woman who claimed her vehicle was shot at by Gilbert who was driving a Chevrolet S-10 pickup.
Falco, who was the only person to testify at the hearing, said he found one .380-caliber shell casing in the road in front of 352 Randolph St. that night. Officers were able to locate Gilbert and the truck about 45 minutes later at a home on Deissler Court and took him into custody without incident, Falco testified.
In an interview with police, Gilbert said he had an argument with someone in a white car at a gas station on North Street earlier that evening, then was followed by that vehicle and someone in that white car fired the shots, Falco testified.
But, a passenger in Gilbert's vehicle who was interviewed by police contradicted his version of events, according to Falco's testimony.
The passenger told police there had been some type of run-in between Gilbert and someone else in a white vehicle at the gas station, Falco testified. The passenger told police the white vehicle followed Gilbert's truck after leaving the gas station when Gilbert got out a pistol and fired shots at the vehicle near Randolph and North Main streets, Falco testified.
The passenger told police that people in the white vehicle didn't fire any shots, Falco said.
After getting both written and verbal permission from Gilbert to search his truck, police found two other spent .380-caliber shell casings underneath the hood near the windshield, Falco testified.
"They were similar to the other one found in the street," Falco said.
However, under cross-examination, Falco testified the handgun allegedly used by Gilbert has not been recovered by police.
Falco testified at least two vehicles and one house were hit by bullets from the incident.
Gilbert was ordered held for trial by Pendolino on felony counts of possession of a firearm prohibited and carrying a firearm without a license; misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia; and summary counts of possession of a small amount of marijuana and careless driving.
At the conclusion of Monday's hearing, Pendolino said he found the charges against Gilbert "very disturbing."
Gilbert remains free on $15,000 bond that was posted as he awaits trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas in September.
But as a condition of Gilbert to remain free on that bond, Pendolino ordered that Gilbert must continue with all mental health treatment he is undergoing.
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.