‘Ginger­bread man’ waives right to pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing

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By Bradley Sch­legel

$ HDW­fiHOG 7ownVKLS man ac­cused of sell­ing drugs and taunt­ing au­thor­i­ties on the In­ter­net waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing March 14.

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.

UVLnJ D Fon­fiGHnWLDO in­for­mant, Lans­dale au­thor­i­ties com­pleted a con­trolled pur­chase of co­caine and ua­nax from Gross, ac­cord­ing to the DI­fiGDYLW oI SrobDbOH cause.

Au­thor­i­ties also charged KLP wLWK flLJKW Wo DYoLG ap­pre­hen­sion, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance — heroin — and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia fol­low­ing the ar­rest, po­lice said.

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.

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