Somerset man charged with possessing prohibited weapons

August 28, 2018

Declaring that brass knuckles are “highly illegal,” a Somerset man intent on protecting his property opted for a stun gun instead.

State police received a report of a disturbance at Brooke Keefer’s home along Rebecca Street in Somerset Township on Aug. 15. The troopers arrived and saw Keefer activating a handheld stun gun on the porch of his home. The 42-year-old man threw the device to the ground after being ordered to do so, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

When asked why he had a stun gun, he replied “cause my brass knuckles are highly illegal,” according to police. He told the troopers that several kids were riding bikes through his yard and that it was an ongoing issue. That is why he armed himself and came outside, police said.

Keefer told police he was using the stun gun as the troopers approached because he could not tell who they were. Police were dispatched to the home at 8:43 p.m. Upon request, he showed the troopers where the brass knuckles were kept, on top of his refrigerator, police said.

The troopers seized the stun gun and the brass knuckles. Keefer was informed that he would be charged and was instructed to contact his landlord about children riding bicycles near his residence, according to the affidavit.

Keefer was charged Friday with possessing prohibited offensive weapons and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. A summons was sent to Keefer about the charges. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. Oct. 16 before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset.

There is no defense attorney listed in an online court docket.

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