7th PDAC names the latest top cops


The 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil has an­nounced the win­ners of the dis­trict’s Of­ficer of the Month awards for Ju­ly and Au­gust.

The Ju­ly hon­ors went to Of­ficers Mary Luce-Ca­terino and Mi­chael Murphy, who cap­tured the sus­pect in a home in­va­sion and beat­ing of an 86-year-old wo­man after the same sus­pect at­temp­ted to break in­to an­oth­er eld­erly wo­man’s home.

Luce-Ca­terino and Murphy made the ar­rest on Ju­ly 11. At about 10 p.m. a man armed with a ham­mer at­temp­ted to break in­to a home on the 2100 block of Emer­son St. A 78-year-old wo­man was home at the time and re­fused to open the door, prompt­ing the man to shat­ter a win­dow with a ham­mer.

While sur­vey­ing the area of the crime, Luce-Ca­terino and Murphy spot­ted a man fit­ting a de­scrip­tion sup­plied by the vic­tim. He was on foot a few blocks from the scene. The of­ficers found a ham­mer and gloves on the ground nearby and ar­res­ted the sus­pect.

De­tect­ives later iden­ti­fied the same man as the cul­prit in the home in­va­sion and as­sault of an 86-year-old wo­man on the 8100 block of Al­gon Ave. earli­er that day.

The Au­gust Of­ficer of the Month hon­ors were awar­ded to Of­ficers Ter­rance Black and Ed­ward Led­ford, who iden­ti­fied and ar­res­ted a sus­pec­ted seri­al burg­lar.

While work­ing in an un­marked vehicle on Aug. 17 at about 8 a.m., the of­ficers spot­ted a man stand­ing on a street corner at 6400 Bustleton Ave. who matched the de­scrip­tion of a sus­pect wanted in con­nec­tion with a burg­lary and auto theft earli­er that morn­ing.

The of­ficers watched the sus­pect enter a SEPTA bus, so they fol­lowed the bus to the Frank­ford Trans­port­a­tion Cen­ter, where they ques­tioned the man.

After ob­tain­ing his le­git­im­ate iden­tity, the of­ficers ran a com­puter check on him and learned he was wanted for pa­role vi­ol­a­tions and for a burg­lary in Ben­s­alem Town­ship. So they ar­res­ted him.

De­tect­ives later de­term­ined that the sus­pect was car­ry­ing a wal­let con­tain­ing the driver’s li­cense of the own­er of a stolen vehicle. The sus­pect also was car­ry­ing a bag that con­tained cloth­ing, gloves, a roll of trash bags, sev­er­al car­tons of ci­gar­ettes and loose packs of ci­gar­ettes that had been stolen dur­ing a com­mer­cial burg­lary that morn­ing.

The sus­pect was even­tu­ally charged with com­mit­ting a series of burg­lar­ies in the North­east and in Bucks County. ••


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