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Reading Man Charged for Bilking Senior using “Grandparent Scam”

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Months after an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest a Reading, Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged for victimizing Falls Township resident in her 90’s by preying on her using a Grandparent scam.

Christopher Mauricio, 20, was preliminarily arraigned last week by Judge Daniel Finello and released on $10,000.00, non-secured bail, with a non-monetary condition of no victim contact charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property, Falls Twp Police said.

According to Police, on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 1242 hours, Officer Stephen McCreary was dispatched to the 200 block of Yorkshire Road, Fairless Hills to meet with a victim of a fraud which occurred earlier.

The victim, who was in her nineties, told police, at approximately 0930 hours that morning, she received a telephone call on her landline.  The caller identified himself as her grandson.  This suspect told her her grandson was incarcerated in Allentown, PA for being involved in a traffic accident.  The subject told her that he had rear ended a pregnant female and is now in prison, needing $5,000.00 for bail.

This subject was replaced on the telephone call by another subject, police said.

This second subject identified himself as, “James Lee”, a paralegal of attorney, “Lewis Clark,” according to court records.

The “paralegal” told her that she needs to pay $5,000.00 USD in order for her grandson to be released that day from jail.  The 90 something victim  hung up the phone,  went to her bank and withdrew $5,000.00 in cash.

She returned home and called the subject back, she told the police.

The subject advised that a “courier”, later identified as Christopher Mauricio, would arrive at her home to pick up the money.  The subject kept her on the phone for approximately three hours and would not let her hang up.

The subject would periodically put her, “on hold”, so that he could talk to the attorney, “Lewis Clark”. The subject told the victim to place the $5,000.00 cash into an envelope and label the outside of the envelope with the case number he provided her.  She complied. The suspect then advised that, “the courier”, is out front of her house.  He instructed her to not hang up the phone, walk outside, give the envelope to Mauricio, walk back inside, and get back on the phone.  She complied.

Mauricio provided her a handwritten receipt, receipt #933029, and then drove off, police said in a press release

Later the same day, on Monday, April 25, 2022, Falls Township Police Detective Sergeant Michael Callahan was contacted by Detective William Shafer of the Southern Regional Police Department, Falls authorities said.

SRPD is based in York County, Pennsylvania.

Detective Shafer advised that he was conducting an investigation involving a series of frauds being perpetrated on elderly individuals.  Through his investigation Detective Shafer had developed a suspect, identified as Christopher Enmanuel Mauricio, as well as a target vehicle.

Det. Shafer received authorization to affix a GPS tracking device to the target vehicle, and he found that the vehicle was parked in the area of 206 Yorkshire Road in Falls Township earlier this day.  Det. Shafer believed that the vehicle was possibly in the area in relation to his investigation.  Det. Shafer provided plotted map of Mr. Mauricio’s location on the date of this incident.

On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Det. Shafer interviewed Mauricio.  He did not specifically speak of this incident. however, he did explain in detail other similar incidents where he drove to a victim’s address, picked up money from the victim, issued a handwritten receipt from either “James Lee”, or “Lewis Clark”, and then left, Police said.

Mauricio is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on December December 7 in District Court.

A review of online county court records as of Monday afternoon shows the suspect has not been charged in any other cases as of publication in Bucks or York Counties.

 

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Two Charged with False Reporting to 911, Threatening Neighbors, Cops Say

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A 911 call describing am armed male with a black handgun at a Falls Township apartment complex turned out to be false, leading to the arrest of two women  for alleged harassment and false reporting to law enforcement in a April incident.

The Falls Township Police were dispatched to the Commons of Fallsington apartment complex on Makefield Road, a little after midnight Saturday, April 27, 2024, authorities said.

Upon arrival, police detained a male who was being accused by two females, of being armed and allegedly threatening the two and others with a handgun.

Police said the women were yelling and screaming and had to be told several times to stop

After further investigation, it was later learned there was no handgun as the two females, identified as Alayna McCandless, 19, and Destiny Giraud, 21, allegedly said in the 911 call, according to the probable cause.

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Police said, they learned McCandless and Giraud were allegedly banging neighbors’ doors and waking several residents, including the complainant and their family. The two accused women became irate and cursing at the victim, asking if she or the neighbors had a man? The victim told police she did not know what was going on and the two females threatened her and her son, who became very upset and began to hyperventilate, due to perceived threat of bodily harm. The victim said, the two accused also threatened her, one with a tazer, the second brandishing a knife.

McCandless and Giraud, both residents of the apartment complex are charged with misdemeanor counts of  terroristic threats, false reporting, disorderly conduct and a summary offense of harassment.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 7, 2024 and they are being summoned to appear by mail

 

 

 

 

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“Bridging the Gap” with Coffee in Bristol Twp.

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If you visited The Bridge Coffee Shop  in Levittown on Saturday, there was a good chance the barista serving you also moonlights as a Bristol Township Police officer for the community.

Dozens showed up and were greeted by officers from the township who were on hand to greet the community and answer any police related questions locals might have.

Sgt. Jason Mancuso said the focus of the event was to bridge gaps that might exist between locals and the department.

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“All we’re trying do is bridge the gap in the community. A lot of people are often afraid to call the police because it creates anxiety, or they think the department is too busy. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here for the community, they’re not here for us. We want to partner with the community,” he said.

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Coffee lovers were greeted by officers from the department and customers with young children in several instances introduced and shared a first time experience with a in person police officer.

The Bridge, which opened for business late last year and started out as an idea to create a  community gathering space for fellowship, is supported by Restoration Church.

It’s the perfect place for a community gathering such as a coffee with a cop event, said Andrea Newtown who helps run the day-to-day operations at The Bridge.

 

We just want the community to know the department is for them to help and assist in any way possible, said Mancuso, we want to humanize the badge and let people know we live and work here too just like the community. We will do everything in our power and within the boundaries of the law that we can.

Prior to his promotion to Sgt, Mancuso took over a case in which a Croydon family was being terrorized for reasons that still remain a mystery to many. His work, the victim (s) said, was instrumental in putting that man behind bars and is one such example this publication was privy to see up close.

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Morrisville Stepfather Guilty of Raping Stepdaughter, Jury Says

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A 33 year-old step father was found guilty of repeatedly raping his step daughter by a Bucks County Jury Friday

Cory Hegelein, of Morrisville, Falls Township was found guilty of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old, indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age, and corruption of minors.

According to Falls Police last November they attended an interview with the victim and a child advocate organization with regards to the possibility of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult. In the interview the child victim disclosed the week before, November 18 and had been raped again by her stepfather, Hegelein as recent a week prior. The suspect, according to police was 10 and the suspect 31 at the time of the interview.

The victim told police that on some days she stays with her mother and the suspect in their Lower Makefield home. Police ran the mother and suspects name through a state database for address and identification purposes, court records show and they were able to confirm the addresses of both as 1 Makefield Road.

According to court records, the victim told police Hegelein calls her into his room and sticks it in. This has happened more than once the 10 year-old victim told police and as most recently as the week before.

In his closing arguments Friday morning, Deputy District Attorney Jovin Jose said Hegelein used his access to the victim to rape her for years. Hegelein had previously been in a relationship with the girl’s mother.

While most girls her age were enjoying the end of the school year, Jose said, the victim was in court testifying about the worst moments of her life. On Tuesday, the young girl, now 12, bravely testified about Hegelein repeatedly raping her in different rooms in the apartment, describing in detail the horrors he inflicted.

“This is the second time this week I have had the privilege of commending the strength of a young victim who faced the predator who preyed upon her,” District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said. “Thanks to her strength, and the outstanding work done by the prosecutorial team, this defendant stands convicted of these heinous crimes.”

Police interviewed the little girls brother who was able to confirm his sister’s movements and added that Hegelein would call out to  the victim “come in her so we can snuggle.”  Additionally police were able to find out the alleged rapes have been happening for at least two years prior to when the victim was 8 years old. Moreover investigators also confirmed the child’s mother works overnight and was not present during the alleged rapes, court records show.

The victim, according to the criminal complaint, told police of other instances where she was allegedly raped. One being while she was taking a shower, and after he penetrated her a white she saw a white substance come out and was wiped off with a red towel. She additionally alleged he stepfather showed her pornographic images on his digital devices.

Police executed a search warrant locating, clothing, towels and other items she was wearing during and after the alleged rapes. Those items were submitted for biologic testing by police to the Pennsylvania State Police lab, court records show.

Police were able to match DNA taken from the blanket matched Hegelein ‘s DNA and the victims profile.

Police were also granted a search warrant to download Hegelein ‘s  cell phones On it they found pornographic images and a video a what appeared to be a man masturbating in a room with what appears to be the same computer desk and black box, with red lettering  as the one in his home.

The trial before Common Pleas Judge Gary B. Gilman began Monday. Sentencing was deferred for 120 days as Hegelein undergoes a pre-sentence evaluation and an evaluation by the Sex Offender Assessment Board.

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