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Police arrest, charge man for pulling a gun on pro-lifers at Planned Parenthood

The 31-year-old made threats with a handgun and was charged with aggravated menacing, terroristic threatening, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
Mon Aug 24, 2020 - 8:35 pm EST
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DOVER, Delaware, August 24, 2020, (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life activists called police while witnessing to life at a Planned Parenthood facility after being threatened by an armed man.

The First State Update reported that on the morning of August 21, the Dover Police Department arrested a 31-year-old man from Wilmington after a confrontation with pro-life demonstrators in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood.  

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Jerome Aniska, 31, confronted pro-lifers with a gun at a Planned Parenthood in Dover, Delaware.

According to Sergeant Mark Hoffman, the department’s public information officer, police were dispatched to the area after receiving a call from pro-life advocates concerning a man threatening them with a handgun.  

Hoffman said witnesses told police that the suspect had argued with the pro-lifers while they were on a public sidewalk. He then pulled out a black handgun and threatened the activists. Before officers arrived, the suspect was seen going to the trunk of his vehicle.

Upon searching his car, officers discovered an empty holster in the center console and a black 9 mm handgun in the trunk.

The suspect, identified as Jerome Aniska, was released on $26,000 unsecured bond. He was charged with aggravated menacing, terroristic threatening, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

This was reported by many news agencies, including the Associated Press. However, the Associated Press’ headline did not make it clear that someone had threatened the pro-life activists with a gun at the Planned Parenthood facility. “Delaware police arrest man with gun at Planned Parenthood,” stated the headline, which could easily be understood as a man planning to shoot up Planned Parenthood when, in reality, he was threatening pro-life advocates.


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