Northampton Township police and Bucks County detectives today arrested David Perez, 27, on stalking and assault charges after an investigation into a shooting April 18, 2017, outside the defendant's home on Marmic Road in Northampton.
Perez was shot once in the abdomen by his wife, Caren Perez, after an altercation in which she allegedly was assaulted and injured. Caren Perez is a Philadelphia Police Department officer who was off-duty at the time.
The charging documents allege that Caren Perez repeatedly had been threatened and physically assaulted by her husband in the past.
After a thorough investigation by detectives from the Northampton Township Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives Bureau, it was determined that Ms. Perez fired her weapon only after being assaulted yet again, and only after she reasonably concluded that her life was in immediate danger.
As such, she is not charged in this incident.
David Perez also is charged with simple assault stemming from a 2015 incident at the couple’s previous residence in Philadelphia. The charges allege that he repeatedly punched Caren Perez with a closed fist in the chest and face, causing cuts and bruises.
The charges were filed on Tuesday in Magisterial District Court 07-2-01, and Perez was taken into custody around noon today at the Bucks County Justice Center in Doylestown.
He was arraigned via videoconference by Magisterial District Judge William J. Benz, who set bail at $75,000, unsecured. Among the bail conditions are that Perez possess no firearms and that he have no contact with Caren Perez.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 11 before Judge Benz, 60 Township Road, Richboro, PA.
Stalking is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
These charges are allegations only, and Mr. Perez is presumed innocent unless and until the charges are proven in a court of law.
Prosecution of this case has been assigned to Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Bryant.
Approved for release by Matthew D. Weintraub, District Attorney.