Another mom who was on a playground at the park at the time said she walked up to Pawlowski, and told him to take the toy gun and his kids and leave.
“I don’t tend to take things lying down, so I went past the parents, and so I walked straight over and I confronted him,” said Leni Calas. “I mean, he’s brandishing a firearm and I don’t care if that firearm is plastic. That’s unacceptable.”
Calas called police, who arrived after Pawlowski left. She also called City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-22nd) and posted the photo on her “queensmamas” website.
That led to a tip that led investigators straight to Pawlowski’s door.
“This is really a way to educate people,” Vallone said. “You cannot run around with a realistic looking gun. It’s against the law, and you could get arrested and actually go to jail.”
“I hope in the end, he understands at least somewhat why people became angry that he came here with this gun,” Calas said.
Pawlowski’s wife did not share that perspective.
“I feel a little bit like a victim because someone overreacted,” she said.
She did not want her face on camera, but told CBS 2 her husband is sorry and it will never happen again.
He remained in custody Wednesday evening, on charges of reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest, and possession of an illegal BB gun.
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