Cumberland Township Police issued an arrest warrant for a Farmington man who allegedly pistol-whipped another man in Greene County and fled.
Monty William Jackson II, 31, of Skyline Drive is charged with aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.
Police said the victim, Gary Varesko, suffered a gash on his forehead and on his right wrist.
Varesko told police he stopped by 307 South Pine Street at about 9:40 p.m. Friday to check on his stepdaughter, who was going through withdrawal. He noticed a backpack with Jackson’s identification and a gun in the living room. He knew Jackson had a criminal history and is not allowed to have a gun, so he told police he took it for his stepdaughter’s safety, according to court documents.
“Jackson then burst into the living room from the kitchen and yelled at Varesko to give him his gun back,” Officer Ryan Campbell wrote in the affidavit.
The two began fighting over the gun and Jackson allegedly pointed the gun at Varesko’s chest while Varesko held Jackson in a headlock. Varesko said he loosened his grip, and Jackson allegedly struck him in the face with the gun. The struggle continued and Varesko eventually broke free. He ran outside to get his own gun “to defend himself if necessary” and call 911, Campbell wrote. Jackson fled out the back door with the gun.
Jackson has an extensive criminal history in Fayette County. Since September 2017, he has been charged in four criminal cases in Fayette County including flight to avoid apprehension and two theft cases. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to fleeing police and assaulting officers who were investigating thefts from vehicles. In 2009, he was charged with possession with intent to deliver after he was found with heroin and prescription drugs.