Abingdon man faces gun charges

January 22, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

Harford County sheriff's deputies arrested an Edgewood auto mechanic and confiscated a loaded shotgun and .22-caliber rifle Friday after his employer reported that the man had left work with the weapons saying he wanted to talk to President Clinton, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Timothy Francis Slowik, 30, of the 3200 block of Wilson Ave., Abingdon, was charged with a weapons violation and was released on his own recognizance after a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.

Agents from the U.S. Secret Service's Baltimore office were notified of the incident and questioned Mr. Slowik, but did not file charges against him, officials said.

"Mr. Slowik never actually made any threat toward the president," said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, the sheriff's spokesman.

Howard Nelson, the mechanic's uncle and employer at Nelson & Wrenn Inc., said his nephew walked into work carrying a shotgun and rifle Friday.

"He was acting out of his head, saying that he wanted to protect the building from a motorcycle gang," Mr. Nelson said. "I told him we didn't need protection and to take it outside or I would call 911."

Harford deputies said Mr. Slowik told them he had problems with federal and state gun laws and with the state's new auto emissions program. He also told them he would like to speak with Mr. Clinton.

Mr. Nelson said that his nephew had worked for him on and off for several years.

"There was a big change in the way he's been acting the last two weeks," Mr. Nelson said. "He hasn't showed up for work about every other day."

Mr. Nelson said his nephew recently had "broken up with his wife" and was having "trouble with his girlfriend."

"When he was acting like that, I took his guns and hid them in

the back [of the repair shop]," Mr. Nelson said. "I told him to move on out."

Mr. Slowik left Friday, but returned asking for his guns about 15 minutes later, Mr. Nelson said. "I gave them to him, but I immediately called 911 because I didn't want him out there traveling around with loaded guns."

Deputies responded about 8:45 a.m. to the repair shop at 2203 Philadelphia Road and stopped Mr. Slowik in his vehicle a short distance away.

Deputies recovered the shotgun and rifle from the front seat, Sergeant Hopkins said.

Criminal court records show that Mr. Slowik had served time on a 1993 theft charge.

State Motor Vehicle Administration records show that Mr. Slowik was arrested on alcohol-related driving charges in 1992 and 1993, but was given probation before judgment in one case and found guilty of speeding and unsafe passing in the other.

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