Police: Jenkintown lockdown lifted; suspect jumped in front of train

April 23, 2012 3:52:53 PM PDT
A chase involving a murder suspect locked down the Jenkintown School District and then it all ended with a sudden suicide.

Investigators were able to zero-in on 33-year-old Thomas Borden after authorities in Schuyler County, New York, where Borden was wanted for murder, cross-referenced his information and found that he was wanted in Bucks County for probation violation.

When his pick-up truck was spotted by police on Route 309, a desperate chase ensued through Jenkintown, Abington, and Cheltenham.

"It's your worst nightmare, really. You have a person who is desperate, a dangerous person, who is desperate to get away and he is racing through our communities," Abington Deputy Chief John Livingood said.

Borden was able to elude police and ended up abandoning his truck in the Jenkintown Grade School parking lot.

When authorities found it there, the entire school district went into lockdown.

But the chase ended on foot when some patrolmen spotted him walking along the SEPTA train tracks about a mile away.

Borden's effort to run from police made it all the way to Abington when as officers closed-in, Borden threw himself into the path of an on-coming train.

The suspect was seriously injured and taken to Abington Memorial Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Cheltenham Police Chief John Norris says, all things considered, this could have ended much worse.