Pizza Man Serves Up Weapons
The attorney for a Rockaway Pizza deliveryman facing a slew of charges after leading police to his cache of weapons last Friday night says his client is a harmless collector guilty of not knowing the law.
“These are not modern weapons. These are antiques, and he is a collector,” defense attorney Michael Schwed told The Wave this week.
Schwed’s client, Stephen Maloney, 45, was pulled over after police spotted him speeding and weaving on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, according to court records. He received two summonses and was arrested after he told police he was carrying a loaded handgun, teargas, and a knife.
Maloney, a local deliveryman described as “eccentric” by Frank Amato – his employer at Elegante pizzeria – continued to come clean. At the stationhouse, he admitted that he had more weapons at home. He was eventually charged with more than 110 criminal counts after police searched his residence, which was littered with dozens of firearms, knives, swords, stun guns, and ammo.
Schwed said Maloney told him that most of his firearms are display pieces incapable of firing, but police said 11 of the 37 they confiscated were loaded, according to court records. Police confirmed that some of the guns are replicas, but it is still unclear if the loaded weapons were capable of being fired.
“If a lot of those guns are not operable these charges will go away,” Schwed said. “My client’s position is that he is basically not well versed in the law.”
Meanwhile, the three others who live with Maloney at 178 Beach 92 Street, including his wife, face many of the same charges as their housemate. Bail for Debra Maloney, and two men, William and Emil Schreiber, was set at $5,000 at their December 5 arraignment, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Maloney was remanded without bail.
Each of the defendants also faces a charge for marijuana possession. They are due back in court on December 9. Maloney could spend up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges, according to a spokesperson for Brown’s office.