Leon Wolniewicz Cheaters
Not saying he is a certifiable psycho, but I question the sanity of any woman that would date him after reading about him. Just to add, his wife/mother of his child found deceased with no explanation I have found as to cause. Below is the entire article…be SURE to read the last few paragraphs carefully.
Motorist shot by trooper is charged
Article from:The Record (Bergen County, NJ) Article date:April 4, 2003 Author: JOSH GOHLKE, TRENTON BUREAU More results for: LEON WOLNIEWICZ
The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Motorist shot by trooper is charged — Man accused of car assault has long record
By JOSH GOHLKE, TRENTON BUREAU
Date: 04-04-2003, Friday
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A man shot in the head by a state trooper was charged with aggravated assault and eluding police Thursday as authorities continued to investigate the attempted traffic stop that turned violent the previous afternoon.
The charges against Leon H. Wolniewicz, 48, of Middlesex County are the latest in a series spanning three decades before he allegedly struck Trooper Mark Kepenis with his car on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark.
Court records show that the onetime Cliffside Park resident, who was in critical condition Thursday at a Newark hospital, had been convicted of more than a dozen crimes before his driver’s license was suspended for the extraordinary term of 20 years in 1991.
Investigators from the state Attorney General’s Office were still trying to understand Wednesday’s sequence of events, but a statement said the shooting occurred after Wolniewicz refused to stop and then aimed the Mercedes-Benz he was driving at Kepenis, who had gotten out of his patrol vehicle at Interchange 15E. The car struck Kepenis, causing minor injuries, before swerving across exit lanes into a drainage culvert.
Asked at what point the trooper fired, Division of Criminal Justice spokesman John Hagerty said, “That’s exactly the question the investigation is trying to answer.”
In trying to piece together what happened, the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team will use video from the patrol car’s camera, as well as the accounts of several witnesses, Hagerty said. He said it would likely take a “significant period of time” to determine whether the shooting was justified.
According to the team’s preliminary investigation, Kepenis, a trooper since 1995, was driving an unmarked car north on the turnpike at 1:25 p.m Wednesday, when he saw Wolniewicz speeding in a 2002 C240 Mercedes-Benz, according to the Division of Criminal Justice statement.
A state police source said the car apparently was rented; Wolniewicz has not had a driver’s license or a car registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles since 1991, according to records.
Kepenis turned on his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the Mercedes, but Wolniewicz did not pull over, the statement said. As they approached the toll plaza at the Interchange 15E exit ramp, the trooper went through the tolls ahead of the Mercedes.
The trooper parked his car in front of the tolls, got out, and approached the Mercedes on foot.
The Mercedes still did not stop, instead driving toward Kepenis and striking him. Kepenis opened fire with his state-issued 9mm handgun. Hagerty said it was not yet known how many shots were fired.
The shooting was the third by a trooper this year. The other two were in Camden and Kearny.
Wolniewicz was transported by air to University Hospital in Newark, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the head and injuries from the car crash. The Division of Criminal Justice described his condition as critical but stable Thursday. A hospital spokesman would only describe his condition as critical.
Authorities charged Wolniewicz with one count each of aggravated assault and eluding police as a result of the incident. His bail was set at $75,000.
Wolniewicz apparently lived at an address in Old Bridge, where a woman answering the door Thursday declined to speak with a reporter. Authorities listed his residence as Toms River, but that apparently was a previous address.
A court record in Bergen County, where Wolniewicz used to live, described him as having a “sketchy” employment history and a lengthy criminal record, with 16 arrests and 14 convictions by 1991. He pleaded guilty that year to cocaine possession and was given a sentence that included three years in state prison and a 20-year suspension of his driver’s license.
During the same hearing, Wolniewicz also was sentenced for resisting arrest in Englewood and Fort Lee in an incident that involved six police officers, court records show. Wolniewicz also has convictions for drug possession, theft, and assault in Bergen County dating back to 1975, according to court and police records.
DMV records show that Wolniewicz had 52 points on his license before he was forced to give it up in 1991. His license had been suspended four times for driving under the influence, and he still faces a $12,385 DMV tax lien for unpaid fees, according to records.
Kepenis was treated for minor leg injuries and bruises at Bayonne Hospital and released Wednesday.
As required by regulations, he will be reassigned to administrative duty for at least 30 days. Kenneth McClelland, the president of the troopers’ largest union, said he expected Kepenis would take some time off.
Kepenis was assigned to a special patrol unit focusing on dangerous traffic areas. His past assignments included a series of road patrol stations.
Staff Writers Peter Pochna and Raghuram Vadarevu contributed to this article. Josh Gohlke’s e-mail address is [email protected]
Keywords: NEW JERSEY, POLICE, SHOOTING, PROBE
Needless to say, I cut off all contact with him and recommend the word on him be passed along. I can only pray he has changed, but I was not going to risk it. Does not sound like a safe person to be around, PERIOD.
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First Name: Leon
Last Name: Wolniewicz