NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — An ice cream truck driver accused of trying to run a rival off the road is now charged with attacking his boss with a baseball bat.
Police say 29-year-old Bernard Geisel, also known as B.J., got into an argument with 63-year-old George Swaney, owner of F&S Ice Cream.
He later went to Swaney’s house with a bat, broke in and assaulted him.
Geisel was apparently upset that his route had been moved to Greene County. He was losing money – $15 to $20 a day.
On Tuesday, Geisel went to Swaney’s home in North Union Township with a baseball bat and started swinging.
Surveillance video shows Geisel shattering the back windows. Swaney, in his kitchen, calls 911.
Then the door glass explodes and Geisel enters the home and goes after Swaney who in turn wrestles Geisel to the floor.
He held him until state police got there.
“At 63 years old, he was able to not only fight [him] off, but get the upper hand on B.J.,” Frank Swaney, the victim’s son, said.
Geisel has worked with the Swaneys for years. They think the attack was out of character.
“He’s been a great, loyal employee and really a friend of mine for a decade, so, total shock,” Frank said.
Geisel is charged with burglary, simple assault, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Last week, Geisel was accused of trying to force a driver for Miss Polly’s Sweet Treats in Uniontown off the road
“It didn’t surprise me that violence happened,” Ted Finnell, with Miss Polly’s Sweet Treats, said. “Like I said, he’s been harassing us for two years.”