Trial ahead for ex-Adams County Prison guard on gun charge

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A former Adams County Prison guard who allegedly failed to surrender a firearm after he was served with a protection from abuse order is  facing trial in York County Court.

Jose DeJesus Alpizar Jr., 22, who lives in York County on Mobile Drive in Paradise Township, remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to court records. That means he didn't have to post any money to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court proceedings.

Alpizar is charged with the third-degree felony of carrying a firearm without a license.

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He was served with a protection from abuse order by Adams County sheriff's deputies while at work at Adams County Prison on Aug. 8, according to charging documents filed by Northern York County Regional Police.

The deputies confiscated Alpizar's concealed firearms carry permit while serving the PFA and told him that he needed to turn over his weapon to them, police said.

Alpizar told deputies that his 9 mm Glock handgun was at his home, charging documents state.

Followed home: Deputies followed Alpizar as he drove home and on the way called Northern Regional Police to request an officer meet them, documents state.

At Alpizar's home, he told officers the gun was in his bedroom closet, but the deputies couldn't find it there, according to charging documents.

Alpizar then admitted the gun was in his left pants pocket, police said, and he turned it over to officers.

He told officers he didn't want to admit to the prison warden that he had brought a firearm onto prison property, documents state.

Northern Regional Police filed the charge of carrying a firearm without a license because Alpizar allegedly had the weapon concealed in his vehicle while driving home — after his concealed carry permit had been taken from him, according to documents.

Trial ahead: On Wednesday, Aug. 22, District Judge Tom Reilly determined enough evidence exists for the case to be sent to York County Court for trial, according to court records.

Alpizar ceased to be employed by Adams County on Aug. 8, according to Adams County Manager Albert Penska Jr.

That's the same day deputies served Alpizar with the PFA.

Penska told The York Dispatch that Alpizar was a probationary employee who worked at the prison for less than six months.

Alpizar's defense attorney, Timothy Czekaj, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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