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15th PDAC honors Officer of the Month

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A po­lice of­ficer who chased down an armed man near Comly and Ed­mund streets was named the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil’s Of­ficer of the Month for June.

Of­ficer Robert Sellers was on the lookout for a man with a gun when he spot­ted Dav­id Ramos speak­ing to a wo­man at 7:45 p.m. on June 28, said Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, the 15th dis­trict’s com­mand­er.

Ramos, 33, fit the de­scrip­tion Sellers had re­ceived on the po­lice ra­dio. Be­fore the of­ficer could ap­proach him, Ramos spot­ted Sellers and fled. Sellers chased Ramos and found him hid­ing un­der a van. The of­ficer found on Ramos a loaded .22-caliber hand­gun and 96 Xanax pills, Bach­may­er told PDAC mem­bers dur­ing their Ju­ly 30 ses­sion at St. Joachim’s Ro­man Cath­ol­ic Church in Frank­ford.

Ramos, who is in cus­tody at the Cur­ran From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road, is fa­cing charges for il­leg­ally pos­sess­ing the gun and the drugs. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for Aug. 9.

“We al­ways try to get il­leg­al guns off the street,” Bach­may­er said.

The cap­tain said last week that his of­ficers have con­fis­cated 52 il­leg­al weapons so far this year. Dur­ing the same peri­od in 2011, the 15th dis­trict of­ficers took 38 off the streets.

Bach­may­er said armed rob­ber­ies have re­mained a prob­lem in the 15th dis­trict, the city’s largest.

Year to date, he said, the dis­trict has seen 165 rob­ber­ies com­pared to 141 last year. That’s a 17 per­cent in­crease, he said. Strong-arm rob­ber­ies, however, have gone down from 252 to 238. Burg­lar­ies, a city­wide prob­lem, have de­creased in the 15th dis­trict from 477 to 441, Bach­may­er said.

The next meet­ing of the dis­trict’s Po­lice Ser­vice Area 1 will be at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 15, in Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus, 4900 Frank­ford Ave. The PDAC will meet next at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at the same loc­a­tion. ••

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