Police Log March 27: Rape suspect caught; thefts, crashes and an accidental shooting

PSP Logo• A Norwood man, suspected of committing a series of rapes in Delaware County from 1999 to 2013, has been arrested and charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault. The suspect, identified by police as Mark Edward Daw, 38, was being held on $250,000 bail pending an arraignment. Police said the arrest involved six separate incidents. Three victims were younger than 18.

• A four-car accident left one person with a minor ankle injury and another driver facing charges for careless driving and driving at an unsafe speed. The accident happened on Route 322 near Fellowship Road in Concord Township on March 20. According to a police report, Timothy J. Parrott, 24, of Upper Chichester Township, was driving eastbound on Route 322 at 2 p.m. when he crossed into the opposing lane and hit three other vehicles. The driver of one of those cars was transported to a hospital for treatment of an ankle injury. No other injuries were reported, police said.

• State police from Troop K, Media barracks, recovered a stolen vehicle that they believe was involved in several theft-from-vehicle incidents in Concord Township. The recovery was made shortly before 1 a.m. on March 21.

• Troopers from the Avondale barracks, Troop J, said Taylor Morgan Smith, 31, of West Chester, crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole on North Wawaset Road near Bridge Road in Pocopson Township on March 19. There were no injuries, but the northbound lane of North Wawaset Road was closed for about 30 minutes. The police report referred to the incident as a hit and run crash and that the accused would be charged.

• An 80-year-old woman from Glen Mills had a wallet stolen from her purse while she was shopping at Home Goods on Hatton Road in Concord Township between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on March 20. The unknown suspect was described as a white male wearing a grey baseball hat, a long sleeve navy blue shirt and blue jeans. Police said a man fitting the suspect’s description used the victim’s credit cards to charge $1,600 at Target and another $513 at CVS. Police obtained photos from both locations.

• A 59-year old Concord resident accidently shot himself in the hand while cleaning a firearm in his kitchen. A report said he removed the magazine with his left hand while holding the pistol in his right, but he failed to clear the firearm. He pulled the trigger, firing the round that was still in the chamber. He was treated at Riddle Hospital.

• Police are investigating a series of thefts from vehicles that took place at the Best Western on Conchester Highway in Concord Township. A report said 10 vehicles were illegally entered and property stolen, but police are still trying to determine all that was taken.

• Police were investigating a two-car accident that injured one person in Concord Township on March 18. A report said one vehicle made an improper left turn at Brinton Lake Road at Franklin Drive about 1 p.m. The driver of the second car was taken to Crozer Hospital.

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