Arrest made after man pulls gun on driver, robs her following Montgomery County crash: Police

Upper Moreland Twp. police say the armed suspect was driving erratically on York Road before the robbery.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Arrest made after man pulls gun on driver in Montco fender bender
Police in Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania have arrested a suspect who robbed a driver at gunpoint after a crash.

UPPER MORELAND TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Police have made an arrest after a fender bender during Monday's morning rush in Montgomery County quickly escalated into violence.

Police say a man pulled a gun on a woman in Willow Grove and the entire confrontation was caught on video.

Upper Moreland Township police say a community member provided a tip that led to an arrest.

The name of the suspect has not been released at this time.

It happened just before 7 a.m. on York Road near Davisville Road.

Police say the armed suspect was driving erratically when he caused a minor crash.

"The erratic driver pulls in front of the victim, abruptly - basically cuts her off," Upper Moreland Police Chief Andy Block told Action News.

Surveillance video shows the male suspect getting out of the vehicle and pointing a handgun at the female driver who had bumped into his car.

"Immediately after that happens, he comes out of the car, he walks right up to her, he has a handgun, he displays it immediately, he starts screaming at her," Block said.

"She has her cell phone in her hand. She's attempting to call 911 over the incident. He opens the door and rips the cell phone out of her hand," Block said.

The suspect took off with the woman's phone.

According to police, the suspect was driving a silver Honda Accord with a dent on the passenger side, as well as a "ventvisor" or window shade on the passenger side front window.

The Accord appeared to have heavily tinted windows and had no plates.

Police were concerned the suspect would do something like this again, especially since he jumped out of his car and pointed a gun at the victim with such ease.

"That's another thing that concerns us as law enforcement, police investigators, that he is out of the car immediately, he has the handgun out already, he walks up calmly, screams at her," Block said.

No serious injuries were reported.

Investigators are working to determine a motive for the incident, but they don't think it was a case of road rage.

Police say the suspect and victim do not know each other.

Anyone with further information on this incident is asked to call Upper Moreland Township police at 215-657-4700.