Northeast Times

Pair charged in police-impersonation case

A Phil­adelphia po­lice ser­geant was hos­pit­al­ized after help­ing to cap­ture two men who al­legedly posed as po­lice of­ficers while rob­bing a North­east wo­man in her home.

The le­git­im­ate po­lice ser­geant, iden­ti­fied in a pub­lished re­port as Jef­frey Strunk of the 8th dis­trict, was treated and re­leased from Aria Health-Tor­res­dale with­in hours of the Fri­day even­ing epis­ode. His in­jur­ies were not spe­cified.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice de­part­ment’s me­dia re­la­tions of­fice, a 50-year-old wo­man re­por­ted that two men who iden­ti­fied them­selves as po­lice de­tect­ives con­fron­ted her out­side of her home on the 12000 block of Abby Road at about 6 p.m.

Mark Kelly, 38, of the 5900 block of B St., and Wil­li­am Gray, 38, of the 3200 block of Mer­cer St., al­legedly de­man­ded pre­scrip­tion pills from the wo­man and fol­lowed her in­to her home, where they also de­man­ded money.

As the wo­man drove her car to a bank on the 12000 block of Knights Road, the sus­pects fol­lowed her in a sep­ar­ate car, a black 2003 Ford Taur­us with New Jer­sey tags.

After the wo­man with­drew $500 from an ATM, Gray — who al­legedly wore a Phil­adelphia po­lice polo shirt and car­ried hand­cuffs — began to ar­gue with her.

The 8th dis­trict ser­geant spot­ted the dis­pute and in­vest­ig­ated. As Gray re-entered the drivers’ seat of his car, the ser­geant reached in for him and caught his arm in the vehicle. With Kelly in the pas­sen­ger seat, Gray al­legedly floored the ac­cel­er­at­or, drag­ging the po­lice ser­geant sev­er­al feet.

Gray al­legedly crashed the car a short dis­tance away. He and Kelly then fled on foot, po­lice say, but oth­er 8th dis­trict of­ficers ar­res­ted them on the 4100 block of Carter­et St.

Both sus­pects were charged with rob­bery, ag­grav­ated as­sault, theft, kid­nap­ping, im­per­son­at­ing an of­ficer, burg­lary, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, simple as­sault and con­spir­acy. ••

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