In the early morning hours of Saturday, February 22, 2020, Upper Gwynedd officers responded to a report of a suspicious male walking into traffic. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male who was wielding a knife in the air. Officers tried talking to the subject and repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife but he did not comply. The subject continued to run around in the street yelling and asking officers to shoot him, at one point jumping onto the hood of one of the police vehicles. Due to the dangerous nature of the situation and the subject refusing to comply with the officers commands to drop the knife, he was subdued by a Taser at which point he dropped the knife and was taken into custody. Chief Duffy commended the officers by saying “The officers displayed tremendous restraint and resolved what could have been a deadly situation in a safe manner. The subject was clearly a threat to motorists on South Broad St. and the public in general.”
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office approved the charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Possessing an Instrument of Crime, Institutional Vandalism, and Criminal Mischief. Bail was set at $10,000 cash and the Preliminary Hearing will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM in front of Judge Leonard.