A Brookfield woman reported missing last week turned up at the village’s police station last Friday, leading to the arrest of a local man who police claim was dealing drugs out of his Park Avenue home.

John Panicola, 54, of 4203 Park Ave., was slapped with three felony charges, including armed violence (a Class X felony), possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

In addition, he was charged with several misdemeanor offenses including possession of drug paraphernalia, battery and aggravated assault.

Brookfield police have arrested Panicola previously for drug possession. In December 2004, police responded to an emergency call Panicola placed, claiming a woman at his home had overdosed on heroin. At that time, Panicola was charged with two felonies for drug possession.

Last Thursday, a family member called Brookfield police to report her 31-year-old daughter missing. According to the caller, her daughter had been missing since March 28. On April 1, the daughter appeared at the Brookfield police station after claiming she had been the victim of a beating after a four-day spree of smoking crack cocaine at a home in Brookfield and at various area motels.

The victim claimed that, on March 31, Panicola threatened her with a shotgun, strangled her and pushed her down a flight of stairs after allegedly accusing her of stealing one of his crack cocaine rocks. According to the police report, the victim stated that Panicola choked her so hard she lost consciousness and that Panicola later said he had to perform CPR on her to revive her. Panicola denied that version of events, and said he also didn’t threaten her with his shotgun.

After the alleged attack, Panicola and the victim drove to a motel in Countryside where they smoked more crack cocaine with another woman. When Panicola left the room to run an errand, the victim called Countryside police, who took Panicola into custody after allegedly finding drug paraphernalia on his person.

After learning of the alleged attack and the arrest of Panicola by Countryside police, Brookfield police obtained a search warrant for Panicola’s Brookfield home. Brookfield officers, along with assistance from the Major Crime Assistance Team, descended on Panicola’s home in the early morning hours of April 2, after Panicola had posted bail from Countryside, and found him there with another female.

As police entered, Panicola allegedly ran toward his bedroom and admitted to police that he was trying to get to his loaded shotgun, because he thought his victim’s brother was coming to confront him.

At various spots in Panicola’s house, police discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, including 2.1 grams of cocaine and 47.2 grams of cannabis. They also uncovered two digital scales and other paraphernalia commonly used to prepare drugs for distribution. In addition, police recovered a loaded Remington 12-guage shotgun with one round in the chamber and over 100 rounds of .38 caliber and shotgun ammunition.

The female in Panicola’s house at the time of his arrest was not charged. She had apparently just arrived at the house, and told police she had come there from time to time previously, because Panicola liked to dress in women’s clothes and pay her to watch him.