The Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department arrested Harris, John Anthony on Tuesday May 21st, 2019. Subject was arrested by Pottstown Police Dept and members of Montgomery County SWAT-Western Region as he was leaving the Quality Inn in Pottstown, PA at about 1 PM this date. He is in custody of Pottstown Police and awaiting arraignment on this case.
- Warrant Type: Criminal
- Date Issued: Thursday April 25th, 2019
- Issuing Authority: D.J. Edward C. Kropp
- Holding Department: Lower Pottsgrove Police Department
- Docket Number: MJ-38112-CR-0000209-2019
- Reference ID: 20190417M0002
Officers were detailed to 3000 E. High Street, #97, at Hilltop Estates for the report of a black male who was passed out in a vehicle for about 45 minutes at that location. When Officers arrived, the black male was still in the vehicle, passed out, and the vehicle was running with the headlights on. Officers were able to wake the male up, but immediately observed that his eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and he made no sense. The male, who has been identified as JOHN ANTHONY HARRIS, was evasive with officers questioning. He was having difficulty turning off the vehicle and then kept shifting the car in and out of gear. The officer had to instruct the male several times to get out of the vehicle until he complied. After the subject exited the vehicle, the officer observed a handgun. The subject then repeatedly attempted to get back into the vehicle and started struggling with another officer who was trying to take him into custody. The subject was able to get back into the vehicle and revved the engine in an attempt to flee while the other officer was still partially inside the car, wresting to gain control of the subject. The male then accelerated with the officer still clinging to him, dragging the officer across the ground and nearly striking the other responding officer with the car door. The subject then struck two parked vehicles before fleeing the area and the officer fell free from the moving vehicle. The subject then stopped his car and ran from the area on foot. He later broke into an occupied home on High Street damaging a rear door while entering the home. The subject chased the female owner of the property through the house until he was able to steal her car keys. The subject stole her vehicle. The recovered firearm revealed it was stolen from Colebrookdale Township. After obtaining a search warrant for the suspect's vehicle, officers recovered suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia. The officer injured officer was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Anyone with Information on the whereabouts of JOHN ANTHONY HARRIS is requested to contact police at 610-326-1508.