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Police and DA Still Silent Three Weeks After Man Pulls Gun on Animal Rights Activist

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After the third pass with his maroon Ford Expedition, Olsen stated that he saw Hindi's white van "whip around" and that it was "obviously coming after" him. Olsen went on to describe how he accelerated rapidly, making various turns with the white van in pursuit. Olsen acknowledged accelerating, "As best as my Ford will give me." 

He further stated he was "concerned for the safety of himself, his passengers, and persons in his vicinity due to the excessive speeds that they are going in his flight from the white van."

Unable to shake the other vehicle, Olsen "brakes his vehicle and swerves to the left toward the parking area at the Post Office." Skidding, he stops "in an angled direction in the east bound lane of Lemon St."

The affidavit also includes the description provided to Det. Boston by Janet Enoch and Steve Hindi. "Mr. Olsen acted in a threatening and intimidating manner," reads the document, "when they saw him on Tenth Ave."

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Hindi told the detective that he recognized Olsen's vehicle from the incident at Carlton Pools earlier in the day. As Olsen passed them the final time, Hindi told Janet Enoch to get the video camera to document the vehicle description and plates in order to provide the information to the police and to "see where they would go." As they made the turn onto Lemon St., Hindi read aloud the registration information so that it would be captured on the video recording.

Below is video of the pursuit and confrontation taken by Janet Enoch as posted on phillyburbs.com.

[Edited out is Hindi reading aloud the plate numbers on Olsen's vehicle less than five seconds before it skids to a stop. The full video can be found on SHARK's youtube page]

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According to the affidavit, "After the incident on Lemon St. Hindi makes contact with the 911 center and Enoch continues to film the Olsen vehicle as Olsen reenters his vehicle and drives off. Enoch and Hindi report Olsen has threatened them with a firearm without provocation or cause and report Olsen assaulted Ms. Enoch."

It also relates that Olsen called 911 immediately after getting into his vehicle and remained on the line until police arrive at his location. Olsen reported that after stopping his vehicle he "walks to the rear of his vehicle with his open palms up in front of him and is saying to Mr. Hindi 'This is crazy, what do you f*cking want? This has got to stop.'

Olsen stated that at that point he hears Enoch "screaming or yelling at him from his left side." He explained that he "put his left hand up to block the camera and she pushed into his hand whereupon he probably pushed it back." He could not remember, he said, as he was struck suddenly on the right side of the face disorienting him and causing him to stumble.

He reported that he also did not remember pulling his gun out and that as he recovered from the blow he realized his gun was in his hand, but still holstered. As per the affidavit, he then removed the gun from the holster and pointed it in Hindi's general direction. Olsen told Det. Boston that the gun was in his right hand and "his left hand is up with an outward palm" as he tells Hindi to, "Stop and to get down."

Regarding the alleged assault on Enoch, Olsen said that "at no time did he grab the female, or her camera, and that other than the front of the camera against his hand there was absolutely no contact between him and the female (Enoch)."

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Steve Benedetto, one of two passengers in Olsen's car, "observed Mr. Hindi slug Mr. Olsen in the face with a closed fist." Benedetto also stated to Det. Boston that "as soon as Olsen raised his hand to block the camera Hindi slugged him."

In the affidavit, Det. Boston reports, "Both Enoch and Hindi claim that Mr. Olsen physically grabbed Ms. Enoch and in response Mr. Hindi pushes him away. Mr. Hindi denies punching Mr. Olsen, although he acknowledges that when he pushed Olsen one of his hands may have made contact with his face. Ms. Enoch in response to a question as to why they did not leave the area after securing the registration number but stopped, got out, and escalated a confrontation stated, 'Because that's what we do.'"

After calling 911, Hindi informed the police that the incident had been documented on the video camera and offered to burn a copy for evidence. When it was noted at the station that Hindi had the camera connected to his laptop, the police expressed concern that he could have deleted and/or edited files and that there was probable cause to believe that the video camera and computer contained evidence of a crime, specifically the crime of simple assault.

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Cheryl Biren is a Philadelphia-based researcher, writer, editor and photographer. From 2007-2011, she served on the editorial board of Opednews.com.

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