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Four Men Face Riot, Assault Charges
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A quartet of Boyertown area residents each face three felony riot charges and felony aggravated assault charges from a May 27 incident in Douglass Township. 

            Craig Cantamaglia, 57, and Brandon Dominic Cantamaglia, 21, both of Green Hill Road, in the municipality, along with Tyler Cassel Alderfer 24, of Kauffman Lane in Colebrookdale, and Jeffrey Ala Alderfer, 21, of West Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown Borough each also face multiple counts of simple assault harassment disorderly conduct. 

            Jeffrey and Tyler Alderfer each face an additional first degree felony aggravated assault charge from the incident that occurred at the intersection of Green Hill and Hoffmansville roads. Brandon Cantamaglia allegedly displayed a gun during the incident, according to multiple police criminal complaints filed in the New Hanover court of District Judge Maurice Saylor.

            At 2:15 p.m. on May 27, a Douglass Township police officer responded to the intersection for a disturbance between two motorcyclists and a resident on Hoffmansville Road. A verbal altercation became physical and nine to 12 people were eventually involved, according to the police criminal complaint against Craig Cantamaglia.

            Officer Andrew Poux, assisted by two officers from New Hanover, observed a group of people pushing, shoving and yelling in the middle of the intersection. Two motorcycles were parked in the street which forced traffic to be diverted, according to an affidavit of probable cause. 

            The officers stepped into the middle of the altercation and separated the parties. However, Craig and Brandon Cantamaglia attempted to usurp police authority in order to continue the altercation, according to legal paperwork.

            Officers secured a Smith and Wesson folding knife from Jeffrey Alderfer and the .45 caliber handgun from Brandon Cantamaglia, who told police he had a permit to carry it. However, an NCIC search of the weapon did not turn up an owner, according to court paperwork.

            Once additional units arrived at the scene to help with security and traffic control, Poux spoke to the victim, who said the situation came to a head after years of reckless behavior with motor vehicles by the Cantamaglias and their friends.

            On this day, the resident told the officer that Brandon Cantamaglia stopped his motorcycle near his home and made an obscene gesture. The victim then walked to the intersection and engaged in a verbal altercation with Brandon Cantamaglia, who lifted his shirt and displayed the weapon, the legal document states. 

            Brandon Cantamaglia then used a cell phone to summon his father Craig, his mother, Tyler Alderfer and Jeffrey Alderfer to the scene. At this point, uninvolved bystanders began to contact 911 to request police response. One neighbor recorded the incident, which shows Craig Cantamaglia shoving down a woman, Jeffrey Alderfer striking a man by swinging his motorcycle visor and his helmet and punching a commuter in the face for no good reason. The blow broke the man's jaw.

            The man, who had stopped his vehicle in an attempt to deescalate the situation, required major surgery for the placement of plates and screws in his jaw, according to the legal document.

            John D. Kessler, an Abington District Judge, set bail in the cases against Brandon Cantamaglia at 10 percent of $10,000 monetary and against Craig Cantamaglia at 10 percent of $5,000 monetary during a preliminary arraignment on Monday evening.

            The following day, Saylor set bail for Tyler Alderfer and Jeffrey Alderfer at $25,000 monetary in separate arraignments. Both defendants were remanded to Montgomery County prison, according to information posted on a state judicial website. A preliminary hearing for all four defendants has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on June 24.





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