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January 8, 2010

CRIME: Victim in Cejka incident speaks out

Homeowner says he thought meteorologist was going to steal his motorcycle

The man who pressed the trespassing charge against Channel 4 meteorologist Mike Cejka said he thought what he was doing was suspicious on the night of Dec. 14.

“I decided to press charges because I thought he was going to steal my motorcycle,” Alfred V. Pearson, 40, said to the Union-Sun & Journal on Friday. “I thought what he was doing was wrong.”

Pearson said he told deputies that he saw a vehicle slowly drive by his home on the 6100 block of Old Beattie Road and park a few houses down from his house.

“I saw the guy walk close to my home and he took the cover off my Harley,” Pearson said.

That’s when Pearson decided to call 911.

Deputy Jonathan Andres reported he drew his gun on Cejka after he led the deputy on a brief vehicle chase and Cejka failed to cooperate with Andres’ requests after the stop.

Andres said he ordered Cejka to exit the vehicle and had to tell him numerous times to put his hands in the air. Cejka was repeatedly grabbing at his pants instead, the report said.

Cejka was ordered to lie on the ground and was placed in handcuffs. Andres said he searched Cejka for weapons and found a tube of petroleum jelly and an LED flashlight; and observed Cejka was wearing a pair of leather chaps covered by small sweat pants, a dress shirt, dress shoes and a leather jacket.

During questioning, Cejka told Andres he was headed to work in Buffalo from his Clarence home and stopped in Lockport to check out a motorcycle that he’d seen the previous summer.

Pearson said he wrote and signed a written statement from the sheriff’s office then had to personally deliver it to town court where he formally pressed charges.

“I don’t even know who is prosecuting this, though,” Pearson said about the trouble he is having contacting the district attorney’s office. “No one called me to tell me how things will be moving forward.”

Cejka is due back in Town of Lockport Court on Jan. 19.

Further attempts to contact Cejka at work were unsuccessful.

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