By Donna Westfall – January 9, 2017 –
Sunday evening, January 8th, long time Crescent City resident, Paul Richard (“Dick”) Pearcey, age 79, was brutally attacked and beaten in his Crescent City home.
His best friends son and neighbor was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, cruelty on an elder adult, first degree burglary, and obstruction/resisting a peace officer and emergency technician.
31 year old, Christopher Joseph Gregory, was identified as the attacker.
But, there’s more to this story. According to his daughter, Tamara Wandelt, her father spent time in the Navy and being a musician. He was a man of excess, but he turned his life around when a tragic accident hit home.
He lost one of his brothers and nephew in a horrific auto accident (big fuel rig/driver was under the influence), as a result, Dick turned things around and dedicated his life to the Lord.
Tamara says this about her father; “He is one of the kindest and most generous men you’ll ever meet. His wealth may not reside in his wallet, but he has a heart of gold. He is a man of faith and serves his community by providing transportation to and from church and singing at retirement communities. As a musician, he utilizes his gift of song to help and comfort others.”
When she learned of her dad being in the hospital she completely broke down. Then her thoughts turned to anger. She adds; ‘But, I immediately thought of how my dad would feel about that. Knowing him, he has already forgiven this man and is praying for him. That’s the kind of man my father is. He always manages to see the light in the darkest of situations.”
Fortunately, her dad is one tough cookie and was released from the hospital this morning, is surrounded by family at home while he recovers and is loving the attention of his loved ones. His family is incredibly grateful that he will be around on January 17th to celebrate his 80th birthday.
5 thoughts on “Christian man attacked by best friends son”
He has been booked but not released, look it up.
Yes, we published DA’s info on Jan. 11th, showing amount of bail was $140,000.
i get the Christian thing…but people are too trusting…even the bible says you will not be able to trust your own family members much less anyone else… The elderly need to know there are no good days…do not answer your door…even in the day time hours… especially when your alone… UNLESS… your gun is cocked and loaded for first the warning shot and then the execution…
It’s is my understanding that Gregory has already served a sentence for assaulting an officer in a prior incident in approximately 2014, so we’re praying that justice is served in this case and that Gregory gets the help he desperately needs.
Christopher Gregory is a dangerous person who will never spend any time in prison for this. We have no problem killing off dogs, bears or other animals who attack humans like this, but when another human does this, we book and release.
The following charges:
Violations Code Description
245 PC ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON
368 PC CRUELTY/THEFT:DEPENDENT/ELDER ADULT
459 PC BURGLARY:FIRST DEGREE
69 PC OBSTRUCT/RESIST EXECUTIVE OFFICER
148 (A)(1) pc obstruct/resist/etc public/peace officer/emergency med tech
243 (B) PC BATTERY ON PEACE OFFICER/EMERGENCY PERSONNEL/ETC
594 PC MALICIOUS MISCHIEF/VANDALISM