Chester mayor's wife carjacked

Posted: May 16, 2014

CHESTER MAYOR John Linder's wife was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday night, a week after the mayor and other officials announced a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional police power in the wake of growing violence.

Deana Linder, 67, had just parked her Ford Taurus in front of their home on Reaney Street near 4th about 9:30 p.m. when two men, one of whom pointed a handgun at her head, demanded her purse, police said.

Linder dropped her purse and ran to her door as the men sped away in her car. She was able to tell police that one of the assailants was wearing white pants.

About 11:40 p.m., cops spotted Linder's stolen car parked at 7th and Norris streets. Two men were outside the car, and a third man, wearing white pants, was in the driver's seat, police said. All three fled on foot and police lost sight of them.

But during a subsequent search of the area, the man in white pants was spotted in the back seat of an abandoned Cadillac parked at Lloyd and James streets, police said. Cops said they caught him - literally with his pants down - while he was changing his clothes in the car.

That man, Jasper Moy, 24, of Upper Darby, was arrested and charged with robbery, aggravated assault and related offenses.

City of Chester spokeswoman Summer Freeman said the incident is believed to have been random.

On May 7, Linder, along with county, state and federal officials, announced "Operation City Surge," a plan to put additional resources, including state and SEPTA police, in Chester to stem the growing violence.

"This is not going to deter anything," Freeman said of Wednesday night's incident. "If anything, this punctuates the reason why they're there."

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