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Man Gets 3.5 to 9 Years After Assaulting Mom, Police Officers

September 2, 2016

Contact: Megan Hunsicker, 215.348.6437, mahunsicker@buckscounty.org

A Levittown man who tried to stab his mother before throwing a power drill through a glass window at three Bristol Township police officers was sentenced today to serve three and one-half to nine years in state prison.

David Zorger Jr., 51, was on parole for a 2014 knife assault on a woman when he committed his most recent crime on Jan. 25 in the home he shared with his mother.

Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley imposed an 18-month to four-year sentence for the parole violation, followed by a consecutive two- to five-year sentence for the January assaults.

Finley rejected a request from Zorger, who has a history of substance abuse and mental illness, to be sent to a treatment facility in Philadelphia. The judge did, however, recommend that Zorger be placed in a therapeutic community in prison.

“I don’t dispute that you suffer from mental illness,” the judge told him. “But you are a danger to the community. You have shown that.”

Police arrived at Zorger’s home on Copper Beach Lane after a neighbor reported a domestic disturbance. Zorger’s 72-year-old mother told officers that he had pushed a table into her, injuring her left arm and left side, before chasing her out of the house with a large kitchen knife.

After police arrived, Zorger broke a glass pane in the front door and screwed the door shut with a cordless drill. He then threw the drill through the window at the officers, who were struck with broken glass as the drill flew past their heads.

Officers tried disabling Zorger with a Taser, but he pulled the prongs from his body and continued to make threats. After a second Taser took him down, police kicked in the door and arrested him.

Zorger pleaded guilty on June 13 to multiple counts of aggravated assault and lesser related offenses. His sentencing was deferred to allow for a psychological evaluation.

He told Finley in court that he intended to kill himself with the kitchen knife, not harm his mother or the police officers. He explained that he screwed the door shut to prevent police from stopping his suicide plans.

"I said, `Leave the house, I’m going to kill myself,’” Zorger said. “I didn’t intentionally try to hurt the officers.”

Zorger said that since his arrest he has completed anger management classes at the Bucks County Correctional Facility and has also participated in classes for drug and alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“You have a long and tortured history,” Finley responded, adding that he could not send Zorger to a counseling program where he would have access to drugs or alcohol in the surrounding community.

“Your conduct that day was bizarre,” the judge said. “Whether it was fueled by drugs or alcohol, that is part of your pattern.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Megan Hunsicker.

Approved for release by Christopher Rees, Deputy District Attorney.

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Phone: 215-348-6344 
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