The district attorney’s office on Monday accused a North Side cigar shop owner of lying about his relationship with a city police commander when he filed a protection from abuse order against her.
Detectives with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office charged Andrew Lee, 45, of Sheraden with unsworn falsification to authorities, obstruction administration of law, intimidation of witnesses and stalking. Lee will be charged by summons, said office spokesman Mike Manko.
“Let them bring it on,” Lee said. “I didn’t lie about anything. There’s a whole lot more story that will be told.”
Lee filed a PFA against Zone 1 Cmdr. RaShall Brackney in May, claiming the two dated for more than a year and said she was a scorned woman who told Lee in a “fit of rage” in February that she was “going to destroy me by any means.”
He filed the order May 8, two days before Brackney was scheduled to testify at a Zoning Board hearing on complaints against Lee’s Executive Cigars on Suismon Street. The order prevented Brackney from testifying at the hearing.
Brackney denied the two ever had a relationship. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kelly E. Bigley dismissed the order May 17 and accused Lee of filing it “in bad faith.”
Lee said he reopened Executive Cigar about two weeks ago and finds the timing of the charges “interesting.”
“I think it’s frivolous,” Lee said. “I think the city is desperate.”
Brackney could not immediately be reached for comment.
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