Police Blotter

Posted: March 23, 2001

Cheyney student from N.Y. arrested in station holdup

Westtown - A holdup at Reich's Texaco, 1480 West Chester Pike, led to the arrest of a New York City man, Westtown-East Goshen police said.

Police said that at 10:20 p.m. March 14, a man with a black stocking over his face demanded cash from two employees at the gas station. The employees told police he was holding a white towel that appeared to have something concealed in it. They put an undisclosed amount of cash from the register into a plastic bag, and the robber ran off with the bag.

Nearby, at the Marketplace Shopping Center, police found an unoccupied vehicle with its engine running. It had a Cheyney University parking permit on it, and police traced the permit to student Ohene K. Akuoku-Osei, 21.

A helicopter dispatched to search the area at 11:40 p.m. noted a heat source in the woods between the Marketplace Shopping Center and the Westtown Mews. Police went to the spot and found Akuoku-Osei lying in some brush. He was arrested, and both gas station employees identified him as the robber.

He was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and making terroristic threats. He was arraigned March 15 before District Justice Peter Winther and sent to Chester County Prison after failing to post $25,000 bail.

Unless otherwise attributed, the following reports are based on statements of local police.

Coatesville

* Drug charges were filed against Edward Stewart, 27, of the 900 block of Olive Street, after police said they found him with crack cocaine in the 1000 block of East Lincoln Highway on March 10. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and driving while his license was suspended.

* A 2001 Oldsmobile Allero was reported stolen early March 12 from the Regency Park Apartments.

Tredyffrin

* A CD player, a radio and CDs were reported stolen March 12 or 13 from a vehicle parked at the Strafford Station Apartments in Wayne.

* A fight between two men in the 700 block of Lancaster Avenue, Devon, on March 10 led to the arrest of Daniel O'Neill, 25, of the 200 block of Church Road, Devon. Police said the victim suffered a knife wound to the arm and was treated at Paoli Memorial Hospital. O'Neill, charged with aggravated and simple assault and disorderly conduct, was arraigned before District Justice Chester Darlington and released after posting bail.

West Whiteland

* A Kmart employee was hurt on March 13 while trying to stop a man from stealing a storage container full of DVDs. The security guard grabbed the thief as he was getting into a Camaro parked at the curb, but the man drove off and the employee was thrown to the ground.

DUI arrests

* The following people were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. State law prohibits driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent or greater. Refusal to submit to alcohol testing results in a one-year suspension of driving privileges.

Judy Babcock, 32, of Chester Springs, was stopped at 9:10 p.m. March 14 after police saw her driving erratically on Routes 100 and 113, Uwchlan. They stopped her on Eagleview Boulevard. She failed field sobriety tests and gave blood for blood-alcohol analysis.

Jason Brutto, 21, of Pottstown, was stopped at 1:15 a.m. last Friday after police clocked his car going 77 m.p.h. in a 45-m.p.h. zone along Route 113 near Northwood Drive, Uwchlan. He failed field sobriety tests and gave blood for blood-alcohol analysis. He was also charged with speeding.

David Umble, 51, of the 400 block of Hightop Road, West Chester, was stopped at 1:30 a.m. last Friday after police saw his car weaving on Paoli Pike, West Goshen. They stopped him at Hightop Road and Lotus Lane, West Goshen. He failed field sobriety tests and gave blood for blood-alcohol analysis.

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