Police Log Aug 21: DUIs, harassment, weapons take down

Pennsylvania State Police

Police said Loss Prevention personnel from the East Marlborough Township Walmart detained an unidentified person for retail theft on Aug. 9. According to the police report, the suspect, from Atglen, was trying to remove items from the store and was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Another attempted retail theft happened at Walmart on Aug. 12. Police said store employees had detained a suspect, unidentified in the police report, for stealing $55 worth of merchandise. The suspect was cited for the summery offense of retail theft, first offense.

• On Aug. 11 at 9:30 p.m., troopers from the Avondale barracks responded to a residence on South Creek Road in Pennsbury Township, to assist fire/ems with a water rescue. Troopers arrived on scene and worked with local fire/ems agencies to coordinate the rescue of 11 people trapped on a sandbar in the Brandywine Creek after floats were punctured by rocks in the water. Marine units from Longwood Fire Co., New Castle County Swift Water Rescue Team and Talleyville Fire Co. responded to the scene. Delaware State Police Aviation Unit responded to the scene and located the individuals who were safely removed from the creek by marine units and treated by EMS personnel that were staging in the area of Smithbridge Road at Ridge Road

• Police charged two people, unidentified in the report, with drug possession and having counterfeit merchandise following a traffic stop on Route 1 in Pennsbury Township on Aug. 13. A report said the odor of marijuana was detected when the trooper approached the vehicle. Both occupants were found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Also located were 34 iPads and more than 40 iPhones with identical serial numbers. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to PSP Avondale for processing.

Police are investigating a case of harassment in East Marlborough Township. A complainant reported that her ex-boyfriend has been harassing her and coming to her place of employment trying to win her back and has been threatening friends and family who have been helping her.

A report of a man with a gun forced the evacuation of the East Marlborough Township Walmart on Aug. 17. According to the police, Edilberto Ayllon-Tapia, of Toughkenamon, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The report said troopers gave verbal commands ordering Ayllon-Tapia to show his hands and to get down onto the ground, but he did not obey. Instead, police said, he reached for his waistband where troopers believed he had the weapon. Troopers took him to the ground before he could draw. The firearm located was determined to be black airsoft gun, which resembled a real firearm.

On Aug. 16 at approximately 8:10 p.m., state police conducted a traffic stop on a blue Hyundai Elantra bearing Delaware registration for traffic violations on Cossart Road in Pennsbury Township and arrested two people for drug possession. The suspects were not identified in the report. Police said a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle and marijuana was in plain view. The driver displayed signs of drug impairment, police said, and was subsequently arrested for DUI and possession. The passenger was also taken into custody for possession.

Police said Daejin Cho, 31, was arrested for DUI, drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child following a one-vehicle crash in East Marlborough Township on Aug. 17. According to the report, Cho was traveling east on Street Road and crashed into a tree. A 2-year-old child was inside the vehicle as was the child’s mother. A baggie containing suspected crystal methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located and seized from the vehicle, police said.

An unidentified motorist was charged with DUI and drug possession following a traffic stop on Onyx Drive in East Marlborough Township on Aug. 28. Police said there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, the driver showed signs of impairment and admitted to smoking marijuana before driving. Police also said they found marijuana in the vehicle.

A traffic stop on Route 1 in east Marlborough  on Aug. 19 led to the arrest of two people for DUI and drug possession. Neither individual was named in the police report, but police said the driver was operating the vehicle while the license was suspended and the passenger was found to be in possession of numerous glassine baggies containing heroin and drug paraphernalia and was taken into custody and transported to PSP Avondale

Southern Chester County Regional Police

Police said Pedro Cordova-Ortiz, 50, of Avondale was arrested and charged with simple assault and harassment following an argument during which he allegedly slapped a female, causing redness and swelling on her neck and chest. The incident occurred on July 17 in the 200 block of Ellicott Road, in New Garden Township. He was taken into custody at the scene and was transported to Central Booking for processing and arraignment. He was released on unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing.

Abidael Velasquez-Perez, 30, of Marydel, Md. was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses, after he was found to be asleep behind the wheel with the transmission in drive and an open can of beer between his legs, police said. The incident occurred on July 14 at 3:32 a.m., in the 600 block of Hillendale Road, in New Garden Township. A records check revealed that he was an unlicensed driver and field sobriety tests showed impairment., the report said. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and submitted to a chemical test of his breath, resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent.

Police said William J. Warner, 58, of York Haven, was arrested and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act (Act 64), as well as with several traffic offenses, after he was found to be in possession of an assortment of different pills, including suspected OxyContin and Xanax, for which he did not have a prescription. The incident occurred on July 16 in the 8900 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. Warner was taken into custody, processed, and released pending issuance of a summons.


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