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Cops honored by 15th PDAC

Two cops who chased down an armed man in April and two oth­ers who made a lot of ar­rests in May were honored June 30 by mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil.

Po­lice said Of­ficers Mi­chael Chic­hearo and Mat­thew Winscom saw a man with a gun on the 5300 block of Lesh­er Street at 7:53 p.m. on April 23. Chic­hearo saw the man, later iden­ti­fied as 23-year-old Ron­ald Leach, go in­to a home on the block, and run through the house. While the of­ficer chased Leach, po­lice said, Winscom cleared res­id­ents out of the house.

Po­lice said Chic­hearo pur­sued Leach on Brill and Dar­rah streets be­fore catch­ing up to him and put­ting him un­der ar­rest. A search of the house net­ted two fire­arms po­lice be­lieve were used in shoot­ings. Be­sides guns, po­lice found drugs.Leach is fa­cing weapons and re­lated charges. He re­mains in cus­tody.

Winscom and Chic­hearo were named the dis­trict’s April of­ficers of the month.

Of­ficers Bri­an McBride and Daniel Murphy were so honored as May’s of­ficers of the month, po­lice said, for the volume of their work. Work­ing in the city’s busiest dis­trict, the two made sev­er­al felony ar­rests, a score of vehicle stops and re­spon­ded to 191 ra­dio calls.

Alan Lep­pert, the PDAC’s pres­id­ent, thanked the of­ficers’ fam­il­ies, who had come to the meet­ing in the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter. 

In June, there were 65 rob­ber­ies in the dis­trict and 20 rob­bery ar­rests. There were 82 burg­lar­ies and five ar­rests. There were 57 nar­cot­ics in­vest­ig­a­tions that res­ul­ted in 54 ar­rests. 

Treas­urer Pete Specos said the or­gan­iz­a­tion hopes to con­duct a gun buy­back some­time in the fall. At such events, people can turn in guns with no ques­tions asked. Usu­ally, they’re re­war­ded with gift cards. Specos said the PDAC is look­ing for spon­sors. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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