Morrisville Police Capture Car Thief after Chase to Del. River with the Help of K-9
A Morrisville Police officer responding to a car thief report chased down a 20 year-old Trenton man, with the help of a K-9, where he was found hiding in the Delaware River.
According to the court documents, Wilhelm D. Johenkins was charged with two felony counts for theft related offenses, and one summary violation for driving with a suspended license, early last Sunday morning.
Police say Johenkins stole a black GMC Acadia from the 70 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue.
According to court documents, police received a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress came shortly after 1:30 a.m. A witness told police a black man wearing a black coat took the vehicle jumping into it without permission.
The witness told Morrisville Police the he saw the vehicle heading towards Union Street
The responding officer performed a grid search the area and while heading north on Delmorr Avenue, passing Williamson Park, observed a black SUV, fitting the description of the vehicle reported stolen, parked against a white building on the north side of the parking lot court documents say.
The officer came back around for a second look noting a black male outside of the vehicle, fitting the description provided by the witness, after putting his spotlight on the suspect. The man immediately fled on foot and a police chase ensued with the officer activated his emergency lights, chasing the suspect towards the baseball fields. Police chased Johenkins giving him command to stop, but he continued running from authorities, court records show.
Johenkins, police say ran up and over a hill and into the Delaware Riverand hide under a log, defying police commands to surrender. A K-9 officer was called and used to locate the alleged car thief and he was taken into custody.
Johenkins was sent to Bucks County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and he is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in district court on December 17.