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Here is an update from our Police Chief on a recent incident in the 4th Ward

January 15, 2016, 6:25 PM

Dear Neighbors,
Here is an update from our Police Chief on a recent incident in the 4th Ward
Nate Much

Commissioner Much,

                Tuesday January 12, 2016 at approximately 10:15pm the Nether Providence Police Department was dispatched to the 100 block of Locust Lane to investigate the report of an Attempted Robbery/Assault.  Officers responding interviewed the victim who stated that he was walking his dog in the 200 block of Ridgewood Road when he was approached by two black males.  The males initially engaged the victim in conversation, advising that they were in the area visiting friends and needed money to get back to Wilmington, Delaware.  When the victim advised them that he did not have any money, they asked if they could use his cell phone.  When the victim denied their request, one of the males attacked the victim, striking him several times, causing him to fall to the ground.  The males fled on Ridgewood Road toward Grandview Road where the males were picked up by a waiting vehicle.  The victim was only able to describe the vehicle as a smaller sized sport utility vehicle.  The vehicle fled on Grandview Road, making a right onto Baltimore Pike and was last seen traveling eastbound toward Route I-476.  The victim was transported to Riddle Hospital and was treated for minor injuries and released.  This incident remains under investigation by the Nether Providence Police Department’s Detective Division.


1.            The police were initially advised by the victim that the attack occurred in the middle of the 200 block of Ridgewood Road.
2.            At the time of the report, the police were advised that the victim’s cell phone had been stolen as a result of the attack.  Police initiated legal process with the cell phone provider to “ping” the phone to determine its current location.  Police were denied because the circumstances were not “life threatening” and told that a search warrant must be obtained before they could “ping” the phone.
3.            At 2:05am, police were called to return to the victim’s residence for additional information.  Police were advised that the victim’s cell phone had been located in the driveway of 205 Ridgewood Road.  Police went to that area and also located the victim’s glasses.
4.            The following afternoon at 2:00pm, the victim came to the police department for the purpose of conducting a forensic drawing with the department’s Forensic Sketch Artist.  After approximately 3 hours, the victim was unable to complete a forensic sketch.
5.            The Detective plans to re-interview the victim as soon as his schedule will allow the interview to be conducted.
6.            A check of the police department’s records management system revealed no similar type incidents that have occurred in the township.
7.            A check of the Delaware County Crime Stat Network revealed no similar incidents that have occurred recently in any of the surrounding communities.
8.            Additional patrols will be assigned to that area of the township while the Detective attempts to develop additional leads in the case.

David M. Splain
Chief of Police
Nether Providence Police Department
214 Sykes Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086

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