Alleged gunman faces trial in 2009 shooting
February 15. 2013 3:22PM
WILKES-BARRE – A man charged with shooting and wounding another man in August 2009 will stand trial next month.
Ariel Ephraim Varsanyi, 30, with a last known address of South Franklin Street, appeared Wednesday in Luzerne County Court, where his attorney, Allyson Kacmarski, requested her client stand trial on aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges.
Kacmarski said the trial should last about two days. Senior Judge Hugh Mundy did not schedule a specific day for the trial.
According to court records, on Aug. 7, police responded to Academy Street for the report of a shooting victim and found Norman Walker, then 27, with a gunshot wound. Officers found a spent 9 mm casing on the ground.
Police learned Varsanyi was the alleged shooter in the crime, after the two argued about Varsanyi being a “snitch.” Police said Walker was uncooperative with police and refused to provide information.
Witnesses told police they saw three men running toward South Main Street near Hazle Avenue immediately after the shooting. Less than two hours later, an officer spotted Varsanyi sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
As an officer approached the vehicle, it sped away.
The driver, Nichole Allen, lost control in the area of 433 S. Hancock St., where her vehicle bounced off the curb, flattening a tire. Allen kept going, nearly striking another motorist.
Police said Allen stopped at Hazle Avenue and Moyallen Street, where Varsanyi ran away, escaping capture.
Walker told police he and Varsanyi had a discussion outside the Crown Chicken restaurant on South Main and Academy streets in Wilkes-Barre, during which Varsanyi displayed a pistol and pointed it at Walker, Walker told police.
Walker said he tried to restrain Varsanyi, but that the pistol went off and hit him in the leg. Walker received medical treatment, which required a metal rod to be inserted into his leg.
Allen, 30, of Wilkes-Barre, was entered into the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for a period of six months in December 2009 on a charge of fleeing/alluding police.
She was also ordered to complete 15 hours of community service and to write a letter of apology to city police.