‘Gingerbread man’ waives right to preliminary hearing
By Bradley Schlegel
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Mark William Gross Jr., who referred to himself as “da gingerbread man,” agreed to forgo a hearing on two sets of charges before District Judge Harold Borek in exchange for a bail reduction, according to defense attorney Ayla O’Brien.
Gross, 21, of the 1000 block of Stoneham Circle, faces multiple drug charges from two incidents, according to information provided by the Lansdale Police Department.
Apprehended by authorities Feb. 25 after a foot chase in the borough, Gross is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receipt in commerce from an Oct. 12 case, according to police.
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In December, Borek issued a felony arrest warrant for Gross’ involvement in that drug delivery, according to information provided by Sgt. Alex hromdyk.
On Feb. 20, the defendant wrote on the Montgomeryville- Lansdale Patch’s Facebook page, “im not turnin my self in till my baby girs 2nd bday other then that … run run as fast as u can u cant catch me im da ginger bread man … sincierly da gingerbread man ...”
On the same day, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Lansdale Police Department issued a press release asking for the public’s assistance in locating Gross, according to authorities.
Two days later, Gross contacted the local authorities and told them he would turn himself in, according to police.
Then Feb. 25, while conducting surveillance in the 1100 block of West Main Street in the borough, authorities recognized Gross sitting in the passenger seat of a blue Ford hatchback parked in an apartment complex parking lot, police said.
As officers approached the vehicle, Gross fled on foot, according to police.
Police said officers observed Gross throw four bags of suspected heroin, which was later recovered, during the foot chase.
Following his arraignment by Borek, Gross was remanded to Montgomery County Prison in lieu of the $25,000 cash bail for the October 2012 case and $10,000 cash bail for the possession case as well as the probation violation detainer, according to authorities.
The March 14 agreement reduces the bail amount to 10 percent of each charge, according to O’Brien, Gross’ court-appointed defense attorney.
However, a probation violation detainer against Gross won’t allow him to get out on bail, according to Lansdale police.
A formal arraignment in both cases at Montgomery County Court has been scheduled April 24 in Norristown, according to O’Brien.