Mayfair man pleads guilty to assault on grandmother

Chris­toph­er Brunkel and an ac­com­plice pleaded guilty to charges stem­ming from home in­va­sion.

A May­fair man who al­legedly as­sisted in the home-in­va­sion rob­bery and as­sault of his 94-year-old grand­moth­er pleaded guilty to felony charges last week, as did his ac­com­plice.

Chris­toph­er Brunkel, 31, conned his way in­side the vic­tim’s home on the 2800 block of Un­ruh Ave. at about 10 a.m. on March 3, then de­man­ded cash and jew­elry. He pushed the wo­man onto a couch, slapped her face, punched her eye, bound her mouth and wrists with duct tape and threatened her with a syr­inge. Mean­while, the vic­tim’s grand­son, 27-year-old Gregory Drobish, waited out­side be­hind the wheel of a get­away car. Even­tu­ally, Brunkel grabbed the wo­man’s purse and some cos­tume jew­elry and fled.

The vic­tim, whose name the North­east Times is with­hold­ing, suffered cuts, bruises and swell­ing, but was able to sum­mon help by us­ing a med­ic­al alert device. She was hos­pit­al­ized, treated and re­leased.

Sus­pect­ing that her grand­son was in­volved in the crime, the vic­tim iden­ti­fied him to po­lice. Of­ficers ar­rived at Drobish’s res­id­ence on the 3200 block of Tyson Ave. later that day and found items taken from the vic­tim’s home. Neigh­bors also helped po­lice with de­scrip­tions of the crooks.

The vic­tim also told po­lice that she pre­vi­ously had lent thou­sands of dol­lars to Drobish, who did not re­pay the money.

Brunkel pleaded guilty last Wed­nes­day to ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery, burg­lary, con­spir­acy and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime. Pro­sec­utor Melissa Fran­cis rep­res­en­ted the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, which with­drew sev­er­al oth­er charges.

Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Denis P. Co­hen re­voked Brunkel’s bail, which had been set at $1 mil­lion, and ordered him to ap­pear at a Ju­ly 19 sen­ten­cing hear­ing. In the mean­time, Co­hen also will preside at vi­ol­a­tion-of- pro­ba­tion pro­ceed­ings against Brunkel, who was con­victed last year in an un­re­lated as­sault case and ordered to serve five years pro­ba­tion.

Drobish, mean­while, had no pri­or adult con­vic­tions in Phil­adelphia. He pleaded guilty on Fri­day to burg­lary, con­spir­acy, rob­bery and un­law­ful re­straint. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Donna Woelp­per ordered him to ap­pear for a sep­ar­ate sen­ten­cing hear­ing on Ju­ly 19. She re­voked his bail, which also had been set at $1 mil­lion. •• 

You can reach at

comments powered by Disqus