NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man who previously served jail time for assaulting a borough police officer has been sent back to jail for a new crime, illegally possessing a firearm.
Asim J. Williams-Silvera, 36, of the 300 block of South Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to five to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of persons not to possess a firearm in connection with a May 2016 incident in the borough. The sentence was imposed by Judge Todd D. Eisenberg.
An investigation began about 7:37 p.m. May 2, 2016, when borough police responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in the first block of South Evans Street. Upon arrival police heard two male voices coming from inside the apartment and police knocked and announced their presence, according to a criminal complaint filed by Pottstown Police Officer Craig A. Johnson Jr.
“It was at this time that the talking came to a stop and I immediately heard what sounded like window blinds being pulled up and a window being opened,” Johnson alleged in the arrest affidavit.
A short time later, police found a fully loaded Sig Saur .40-caliber firearm in a grassy area outside the window of the apartment, according to the arrest affidavit. Witnesses told police they had observed a male wearing a yellow shirt and gray hat lean out the window and throw from the window what they immediately recognized as a firearm.
Police subsequently identified Williams-Silvera as the man wearing the yellow shirt and gray hat and he was taken into custody. Police said Williams-Silvera’s criminal history showed he was charged with assault-related charges in 2013 and later convicted, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm.
A records check determined the firearm had been reported stolen in Reading, according to court papers.
In 2014, Williams-Silvera, then 34 and of the 200 block of North Charlotte Street, was sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by five years’ probation, in connection with a March 2013 incident on High Street. Williams-Silvera, whose nickname is “New York,” was convicted of charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, harassment and simple assault during a non-jury trial before Judge Gary S. Silow.
The March 24, 2013, scuffle with police unfolded when Pottstown Police Officer Brandon Unruh observed Williams-Silvera, for whom there was an active bench warrant issued, walk into a Laundromat in the 400 block of High Street, according to a criminal complaint. Inside the Laundromat, Unruh approached Williams-Silvera and advised him there was a county bench warrant for his arrest, according to court papers.
William-Silvera argued with police and as police attempted to handcuff him he pushed the officer against a set of washers before fleeing from the Laundromat, according to court documents. At the time, prosecutors said the officer sustained injuries to his chest and his shoulder.
Authorities gave chase and Williams-Silvera was eventually apprehended near North Franklin Street and Buttonwood Alley, court papers indicate.