Rob­bery sus­pect stip­u­lates charges

Times Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

A Philadel­phia man who was ar­rested and charged with rob­bery af­ter he al­legedly stole funds from a PNC Bank in Abing­ton Aug. 10 agreed to stip­u­late charges at a dis­trict court Aug. 22.

$DURn ..0. TKRPDV, 47, of the 100 block of North 54th Street, was charged with rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses af­ter wit­nesses ob­served him en­ter the PNC Bank on the 100 block Old York Road, at 11:15 a.m., place a plas­tic bag on the counter and de­mand the bag WR EH fiOOHG, SROLFH VDLG.

A teller put the money in the bag, and then Thomas left the bank and drove off in a dark-col­ored Range Rover, po­lice said.

Thomas lead po­lice on a long chase through the city, po­lice said.

The Range Rover en­tered the Roo­sevelt Ex­press­way at Broad Street and then ex­ited at Fox Street, strik­ing an Abing­ton K-9 ve­hi­cle that was called to as­sist in the chase, po­lice said.

The Range Rover pro­ceeded t hrough a r ed t r affic l i ght at t he i nt er­sec­tion of 1Tth and Ox­ford streets, when it was struck by an­other ve­hi­cle and col­lided with the pur­su­ing pol i ce ve­hi­cle and a l i ght pole, po­lice s aid.

Wit­nesses ob­served Thomas get out t he ve­hi­cle and r un with the bag of money in his hand, po­lice s aid. Abing­ton of­fi­cers arr ested him a s hort dist ance from t he scene of t he ac­ci­dent, po­lice said.

Later, Thomas g a v e a writ t e n s t a t e ment a d mitt i n g h e was the sus­pect that robbed t h e PNC b a n k , p o l i c e said.

Abing­ton De­tec­tive Sgt. Steve Fink said that Thomas agreed t o a s t i pu­la­tion hear­ing, mean­ing he agreed to waive his right to have a hear­ing at t he pre­limi nary l evel.

“A [ s t i pu­la­tion heari ng] j ust proves t hat, more or l ess, t he [ de­fi­ant] was i nvolved i n i nci­dent,” he s aid.

Fink said be­cause r ob­bery i s a f ed­eral off ense, t he FBI will pro- ceed with the case.

Abing­ton Deputy Chief John Livin­good s aid t here i s a s t r ong pos­si­bil­ity t hat Thomas has been in­volved in a num­ber of r ob­beries, but cur­rently he is only be­ing charged with the r ob­bery t hat t ook place Aug. 10.

Thomas’s mains at Fink said.

Thomas was t r ans­ported to the Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity. His f or­mal ar­raign­ment i s s et f or Oct. 10 at the Mont­gomery County Court of Com­mon Pleas. bail r e$500,000,

A se­vere car crash in­volv­ing a SEPTA bus left a man in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Wed­nes­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to Jenk­in­town po­lice.

Michael Breier, 8T, of Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, was se­ri­ously injured in the ac­ci­dent, but is expected to sur­vive, Jenk­in­town po­lice Chief Al­bert DiValentino said Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Jenk­in­town po­lice were dis­patched to an ac­ci­dent that took place at Ry­dal and York roads in Jenk­in­town at 10:45 a.m., DiValentino said.

Breier, who was oper­at­ing a Mazda, was mak­ing a left turn onto Ry­dal Road from York Road against a red ar­row, when the pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle was struck by a SEPTA bus, which was north­bound on York Road, DiValentino said. The bus driver was un­able to avoid Breier’s ve­hi­cle, he said.

DiValentino said Breier was trans­ported to Abing­ton Memo­rial Hospi­tal by Sec­ond Alarmer’s where he is be­ing treated in the trauma unit.

“Cur­rently, no other in­juries were re­ported,” DiValentino said, re­fer­ring to oth­ers in­volved in the ac­ci­dent.

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