Connect with us

Breaking News - Morrisville Borough

Breaking: Morrisville Officer Arrested for Threatening & Harassing Lower Makefield Couple

Published

on

Submitted

A ten year veteran of the Morrisville Police was arrested Thursday and charged with Unlawful Use of Computer, Terroristic Threats, Official Oppression and Harassment.

Michael Pitcher, 40,  of Pipersville, was arraigned before Justice John J. Durkin on Thursday afternoon. The arrest comes after a long and thorough investigation conducted by the Lower Makefield Township Police (LMPD) beginning in April of this year when a couple from that township reported a series of phone calls made to their home threatening in nature, the probable cause affidavit alleges.

The six page police narrative, filed by Detective-Sgt. Brian Omlor whose first contact with the victims came on April 6, when the couple called to report threatening and harassing phone calls, the probable cause says.

According to the victims, the calls were received on their home phone line by a male who identified himself as the driver of a vehicle traveling behind the victims on River Road, stating the victim’s  name and address  stating several times “You better have cameras at your house as I will be destroying your property, especially your Porsche.”

The victims felt the specific nature of the threats and described the call as “very threatening” and contacted police as a result,  police say in court documents.

Investigators researched the phone number displayed on the victim’s  Caller ID-609-852-3125-  by reviewing public records coming up empty, leading police to believe the telephone number was a “spoofed” of faked telephone number, court records show.  Investigators  also noted two additional calls made to the victims, but marked private only minutes apart, during the 7 O’clock hour, according to police. 

The victims also told police about their drive back to their home, when traveling River Road, on April 6 in their white Porsche in which they were confronted by another motorist, who was  driving “aggressively and erratically” and tailgating the couple in a black Chevrolet SUV just outside of Yardley Borough, court records show.

The couple told police the driver tried to pass them on a narrow two-lane roadway.  The victim driving told police he exited River Rd at the intersection of Black Rock Road and the SUV sped up causing its tires to squeal as it continued traveling south on River Rd.  The non- driving victim stated she believed the SUV had a New Jersey license plate.  Within a short time of arriving at their home, the couple began to receive the threatening and harassing calls, in which the called  identifies himself as the driver behind them on River Rd. The couple told police they believed the only way someone could have obtained their personal information was via a license plate lookup/search, police wrote in court documents.  

Investigators,  after completing interviews with the couple, employed a National Crime Information Center(NCIC) Offline  search to determine if any searches were conducted of the victim’s license plate/vehicle registration during the time frame of April 1, 2019 to April 7, 2019. Investigators found three such instances occurring on April 6, for which two of the searches were conducted by Morrisville Police Department (MPD) on said date, between the times of 6:50 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. approximately. The third search was conducted by investigators connected to the investigation, the probable cause says.

According to court documents, investigators continued to dig unearthing additional information about the NCIC searches conducted on the victim’s vehicle identified via the Morrisville Police Department’s Justice Network JNet) connection – which is an online environment for authorized users of law enforcement. Moreover, the system has an unique individualized sign- on system requiring users to enter first and last name to gain access to JNET. Investigators  searched out the “Lookups” based out of MPD and found the searches were performed by JNET user , Michael Pitcher of MPD, police wrote  in court documents.

Two traffic stop application searches and one PennDOT certified vehicle search were performed by Pitcher, police alleged in court documents.

Pursuant to the investigation, MPD Chief George McClay checked the records management system finding no records connected to the victims for police contact or reports at the 2000 block Yardley Rd address, court records show. McClay also provided to investigators, Pitchers use of the TLOxp service which law enforcement employs to search out information on “people,properties and businesses.”  Three searches were located and connected to the Yardley Address between the hours of 6:55 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,  according to court records.

Additionally, video surveillance was also obtained by investigators from several locations including MacClesfield Park in Lower Makefield, the intersection of River Rd. and Trenton Avenue, and Delmor Avenue in Morrisville Borough,  all from April 6, spanning approximately a 15-minute duration in which investigators were able to determine the black in color SUV was a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse,  registered to Pitcher, court records show.

 Video surveillance, (do you need ,) from inside and outside the police station showed:   

  •    Pitcher is observed in a patrol vehicle at the same time the victims received the threatening calls – 7:02 p.m. and 7:04 p.m.
  •   BETWEEN 7:27 p.m.  to  7:30 p.m, Pitcher is observed in the squad room operating two cell phones-one of which is MPD property speaking into it.  One of the threatening calls was completed at 7:30 p.m.

 

Investigators also accessed the cell phone records for two phones used by Pitcher in which he made calls to MPD using the “spoofed” cell phone number that also originated the threatening phone calls to the couple, employing the “Call ID Faker” application, court records show.

Records from the “Call ID Faker” app indicated Pitcher had allegedly made three phone calls, police said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Pitcher was interviewed by Omlor with James Elo of the The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office on June 6. Pitcher admitted to being behind the white Porsche, using the JNET and TLO systems to obtain information about the registration information of the Porsche stating he was going to issue a traffic citation and added he made phone contact with the victims to ascertain who was operating the vehicle,  and denied threatening the couple. 

Through further investigation, it was determined Pitcher did not attempt to make contact with LMPD to report alleged erratic and dangerous driving nor were any police reports documenting the alleged incident found by investigators, police say in court records.

 

Police re-interviewed the victims who reported no attempt was made during the alleged(spelling) intimidating phone calls to obtain who was driving the vehicle and thus investigators filed charges against Pitcher on Thursday afternoon.

Pitcher’s bail was set at 10 percent of 5K and he is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on August 6 in front of Justice Durkin.

Pitcher has been with MPD for 10 years achieving the rank of Corporal. He is described as possessing “aggressive” policing methods on the MPD staff page.

 

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Breaking News - Morrisville Borough

Updated: Suspect Taken into Custody after Standoff in Morrisville Borough

Published

on

Updated: 12:50 pm Concerned citizens tell Lower Bucks Source one man was taken into Police custody after a front door was breached after about a 90 minute standoff.

The sources said, officers part of Bucks County SWAT escorted the man to an awaiting police vehicle and he was subsequently whisked away.

Witnesses to the police activity first described what appeared to be Bucks County Bomb Squad personnel on scene with Morrisville Police.

A neighbor on Wilks Street said the man removed from the residence by police has had mental health issues in the past

Lower Bucks Source contacted Morrisville Police a short time ago and a response was not  immediately provided.

Concerned citizens did not report any injuries.

Original Story Below 

The freezing quiet of Christmas Eve morning was broken in Morrisville with multiple reports posted to social saying  police in riot gear are at a Wilks Drive home..

One poster near the scene, who pulled down there post to a Morrisville Town Watch page, Police in riot gear where on Wilk Drive and had it corned off from the community.’

A second and third source described the police activity in similar if not exact ways adding the law enforcement activity is in the area of Trenton Ave and Wilk Drive.

“There looks to be bomb squads and an officer saying something to someone inside their home. men are walking around with helmets and vests,” the source said.

Law enforcement vehicles and trucks parked outside of Morrisville Residence
Credit: Submitted

Images posted in the far distance police vehicles in front of a residence and parked in the driveway.

On Thursday night the Morrisville community was shaken after a man was shot and killed in an apparent domestic dispute.

As of publication time there is no information saying today’s police activity is related to Thursday’s homicide.

This is a developing story new details as they come in

.

Continue Reading

Breaking News - Bensalem Township

Mont Co Woman Charged for Fatal Crash that Killed 2 State Troopers, Pedestrian on I-95

Published

on

The Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Montgomery County Woman for killing two state troopers and a citizens in the crash on I-95 Monday. 

A statement from PSU says Jayana Tanae Webb has been charged with following subsequent to their  investigation into the crash.

Webb, 21, of Eagleville, is with the following:

  • murder of the third degree, 18 Pa C.S. § 2502(c), three counts;
  • homicide by vehicle while DUI, Title 75 § 3735, three counts;
  • homicide by vehicle, Title 75 § 3732, three counts;
  • manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, 18 Pa C.S. § 2507(d), two counts;
  • involuntary manslaughter, 18 Pa C.S. § 2504, three counts;
  • recklessly endangering another person, 18 Pa C.S. § 2705, three counts;
  • driving under the influence, Title 75 § 3802; and
  • summary traffic violations, which include failing to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, and reckless driving.

Credit: Submitted

Authorities also released the name of the deceased pedestrian who is identified as Reyes Rivera Oliveras, 28, of Allentown.

Several passing motorists called 911 after observing the pedestrian, identified as Oliveras, walking in the southbound lanes of travel on I-95. Troopers Martin F. Mack III and Branden T. Sisca, of Troop K, Philadelphia, located him and were in the process of securing him in their patrol vehicle when they were struck by Webb just before 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21.

Continue to follow Lower Bucks Source for updates to this story.

 

Continue Reading

Breaking News - Bensalem Township

Updated: Names of State Troopers Killed on I- 95 Released; One a Bristol Boro Resident

Published

on

Updated: 11:50 am Monday:

Pennsylvania State Police have released the names of the two state troopers killed early Monday on I-95 South.

They are Martin F. Mack, a seven-year veteran of Bristol Borough and Branden T Sica who joined the sate police last year.

Investigators are still on the scene as the highway remains shut down.

Credit: Screen Shot Facebook

Commander of Troop K in Philadelphia Captain James Kem visibly shaken by the deaths,  said the troopers were responding to a report of someone walking on I-95 southbound, just before reaching the sports complex. At 12:45, they met with the individual who was in the left hand lane. 

As the two officers were approaching the suspect, a vehicle traveling at a high speed struck all three individuals. The impact was reported to be so great that the troopers went flying into the northbound lane of I-95, he said. 

Upon arrival of backup, witnesses were performing CPR on the officers, but to no avail, said officials. 

“Right now we are conducting an active investigation that is DUI related” Kem said,

Kem said investigation was now an active DUI investigation.

“We’re here today to mourn the loss of two of Pennsylvania’s finest. Troopers Mack and Sica made the ultimate sacrifice this morning while assisting a citizen in need. These Troopers personified our departments core values of honor service, integrity, respect, trust, courage and duty. These values were exemplified this morning as they braved traffic to assist a citizen whose own life was in danger…there is no greater selflessness, said Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police Colonel Robert Evanchick.

“It’s a very sad day for Pennsylvania. Three families mourning the loss of loved ones” said Wolf.

A processional, law enforcement sources report, will take place for Trooper Mack into Bristol Borough later today.

No additional information has been released by police at this time, including the name of the pedestrian struck and killed.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) took to social media to share his condolences to both families

“An incredibly sad day for PA-01 and the entire law enforcement community. Early this morning, 33-year-old Trooper Martin F. Mack III, resident of Bristol Borough and member of the St. Mark Parish community, was tragically struck and killed by a driver on I-95, as he was trying to come to the assistance of a pedestrian. I am deeply saddened for his wife, young children, extended family, and friends, as well as the family of Trooper Branden T. Sisca.” he said.

Lower Bucks Source extends its deepest sympathies to the Mack and Sica families for their loss.

Updates as they come in

Original story is below. J

Josh Thompson Co-wrote this story

 

Two Pennsylvania state troopers and a civilian were killed closing I-95 in both directions north of Broad Street early Monday.

The crash occurred just around 12:40 am police said on I-95 south, near the spots complex.

According to a report from Action News the state troopers were making a traffic stop at the time, when a vehicle struck them.

Credit: Pennsylvania State Police

State Police confirmed the deaths in a social media post at 5 am.

The report says, a civilian was pronounced dead at the scene too.

Additional information about the crash is unknown at this time.

It is suggested motorists traveling to that section of Philadelphia this more find alternate routes of travel because as of 5 am, lanes in both directions remain shut down as police continue to investigate.

Continue Reading

NOAA Weather

Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia Airport, PA

Last Updated on Jun 5 2024, 7:54 am EDT

Current Conditions: Fog/Mist

NOAA Icon

Temp: 68°F

Wind: East at 5mph

Humidity: 87%

Dewpoint: 64.0°F

Your 5-Day Forecast at a Glance

Subscribe to E-Letter


Categories

Trending