Jan. 26--A KENSINGTON man's bizarre court case of mistaken identity took another step early yesterday.
Deion Deans, 31, faced a city judge in a preliminary hearing for charges stemming from an incident last month in which he allegedly impersonated a law-enforcement officer and made violent threats to a SEPTA transit detective.
That incident marked the fifth time Deans was charged with impersonating a public servant. His four previous charges were later withdrawn.
Yesterday's hearing included testimony from SEPTA Detective Bryan Carney, who said Deans made comments to him Dec. 16 about AK-47s and a "bloodbath" at an unspecified school, and Officer Martin Zitter, who arrested Deans during a disturbance Dec. 15 in which Deans allegedly identified himself as an "officer," and threatened to take Zitter and two other SEPTA police officers to jail.
Deans himself made an appearance. In previous cases, he had been ruled mentally unfit to stand trial. He sat quietly next to Gregg Blenders, his public defender, only nodding briefly toward his family before leaving the courtroom.
Ultimately, only a charge of false identification as a police officer was thrown out. Deans' remaining charges, which include terroristic threats, impersonating a public servant and related offenses, were upheld. He faces a formal arraignment on those charges Feb. 14, and will remain in police custody until then.
Deans' mother, Bobbie Perry, declined to comment, given the ongoing nature of the case.
But close family friend Willie Moore spoke to Deans' character.
"He's not a bad guy," Moore said. "I've seen him grow up; I've never known him to disrespect anyone."
Moore said the best course for Deans is to be released.
"He needs help," he said. "Confining him is not doing him any good, the way he is. It's better to release him to an institution that can care for him."
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