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Delco District Attorney Kat Copeland Joins FOP in Collecting Supplies for Hurricane Dorian Relief

Media, Pa – Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland announced today that her office is joining with Delaware County law enforcement officers and first responders to collect donations for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

Local residents who would like to provide donations can drop off supplies to the District Attorney’s Office in the Delaware County Courthouse, 201 West Front Street in Media, PA, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th. In addition, law enforcement officers from Delaware County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27 will be collecting supplies at the Folcroft Police Department (1555 Elmwood Ave, Folcroft, PA) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The FOP Special Services Trailer is expected to depart Delaware County on Friday with supplies to aid first-responders and others impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

“It is difficult watching the devastation that Hurricane Dorian has already brought in Florida and will continue to bring as the week goes on,” said District Attorney Kat Copeland. “We know that Delco residents have big hearts and are always willing to help out those in need, so we wanted to help provide a way for people to provide assistance. We are thrilled to join the efforts of the Fraternal Order of Police, which is spearheading this very worthy initiative.”

The District Attorney’s office and the FOP are collecting a wide range of items that will be transported to the region. Suggested items include:
· NEW Underwear and Socks
· First Aid Items
· Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc)
· Granola bars, crackers, and other pre-packaged, ready-to-eat food items
· Wet wipes and hand sanitizers
· NEW Bed Pillows and blankets
· Utility knives and leather work gloves
· Bottled water
“We plan to provide support to our fellow first-responders as they work to serve and protect their communities,” said FOP 2nd Vice President Chris Eiserman. “These items will be put to good use as communities seek to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.”

A six-member team of Delaware County law enforcement officers plans to depart to the Hurricane region later this week as part of the Fraternal Order of Police National Disaster Relief Team.

Contact: Diane White, Administrative Coordinator to the District Attorney, 610-891-4168

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DATE: September 3, 2019

Chester man arrested for sexually abusing young teenage boys & possessing over 1000 images of child pornography

Media, Pa – Today District Attorney Kat Copeland announced James Harry Carr, Sr., 36, of Chester, is charged with sexually abusing teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 15 and possession of over 1000 pictures and videos of child pornography. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by Detective Mark Bucci and Detective Sergeant Kenneth Bellis of the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

James Harry Carr, Sr., 36, of the 1200 block of Curran Street, in Chester, Delaware County, is charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, solicitation to perform involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, and trafficking in minors, all felonies of the first degree, and possession of child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility, and corruption of the morals of a minor, felonies of the third degree.
On June 27, 2019, Detective Bucci received information that James Carr, Sr., was paying young teenage boys cash for sexual acts. Carr employed friends, acquaintances, and teenage boys, to help him with chores around the house. Interviews of four victims revealed that teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 15 were solicited by Carr to allow him to perform sexual acts on them and to perform sexual acts on him. In return, Carr offered to pay the victims between $100 and $400. Two of these teenagers disclosed sexual contact with Carr and two other teenagers revealed that Carr solicited them to perform sexual acts. These crimes occurred between April 2018 and June 2019, at residences in Colwyn and Chester, Delaware County.

On July 15, 2019, CID detectives executed a search warrant at Carr’s residence on the 1200 block of Curran Street in Chester. During the search, detectives seized several electronic devices, including cellular telephones and laptops, which were submitted to CID’s Computer Forensics Unit. Examination of these devices revealed that they contained sexually explicit videos and images depicting both males and females under the age of 18, and as young as infancy to three years of age, being sexually assaulted by adults and other minors. Forensic examination of one of the cellular telephones revealed over 1000 visually unique video files and over 400 visually unique image files depicting child pornography. Forensic examination of a laptop computer recovered revealed 200 visually unique video files and over 50 visually unique images depicting child pornography. The video files were found to be located within a folder structure under the user profile "James."

"The actions of the defendant, James Carr, Sr., are horrifying and reprehensible, as he not only repeatedly sexually abused innocent children, but he further exploited numerous children by collecting and viewing child pornography,” said District Attorney Kat Copeland. “As he is currently incarcerated, he can no longer cause harm to any child. In partnership with our local police, CID and the ICAC Task Force, we will continue to actively work daily to locate and arrest individuals who seek to take advantage of innocent children for their own depraved, sexual gratification. I commend CID Detective Bucci and CID Sergeant Bellis and our Delaware County ICAC Task Force for the work they do every day to protect our children from dangerous predators.”

James Harry Carr, Sr., was arraigned and his bail was set at $230,000/10%. Carr was unable to make bail and he was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

Chester man charged with murder after repeatedly running over woman with pickup truck

Media, PA -- Today District Attorney Kat Copeland and Chief Stephen Edmiston of the Tinicum Township Police Department announced the arrests of Daniel Williams, 36, of Chester, who is charged with murdering Shantel Harmon, 26, by striking her with his pickup truck and then again running her over, on August 22, 2019, in the area of the Sunoco Service Station located at 15 Industrial Highway in Tinicum Township.

Daniel Williams, 36, of the 900 block of Terrill Street in Chester, is charged with criminal homicide, murder in the first and third degree, and two counts of aggravated assault, all felonies of the first degree, accidents involving death or personal injury, a felony of the third degree, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors of the first degree, and related offenses. The investigation was conducted by Sergeant James Y. Simpkins of the Tinicum Township Police Department and Detective Michael Jay of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Homicide Unit, along with numerous other assisting police departments.

On August 22, 2019, at approximately 8:54 p.m., the Tinicum Township Police were dispatched to the Sunoco Service Station at 15 Industrial Highway, in Tinicum Township, for a report of a motor vehicle crash and possible hit and run. At the scene, patrol units observed the entire front of the Sunoco Service Station store had been destroyed. Two female victims, one of whom was later identified as Shantel Harmon, were observed on ground in the front of the store, suffering from significant injuries. Both victims were transported to Penn Presbyterian Hospital Trauma Unit, where Shantel Harmon was pronounced deceased, and the second female victim, was treated for her injuries.

Police investigation, supported by surveillance cameras and witness interviews, revealed that on August 22, 2019, witnesses were at the Sunoco Service Station at 15 Industrial Highway, when decedent Shantel Harmon was observed running through the parking lot towards the front of the store while screaming. Harmon was then violently struck by a Nissan pickup truck being driven by Daniel Williams. Williams then backed the truck up, and then proceeded forward, crashing through the front of the store, and again running over Shantel Harmon while also striking the second female victim. Williams then again placed his pickup truck in reverse and fled the scene. A witness observed Williams’ pickup truck flee the scene, and followed it to the City of Chester, while calling 911 and providing a description and tag number of the truck. Numerous officers from neighboring police departments arrived in the area and observed the pickup truck parked in an alley on the 500 block of East 8th Street in Chester. The pickup truck had heavy front-end damage with blood on the passenger side of the car. With the help of the Ridley Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Williams was located in the area hiding under a vehicle and was taken into custody. He was transported to the Chester Crozer Medical Center for evaluation and while being treated, a Visa card in the name of Shantel Harmon was located inside Williams’ wallet.

“In this case, the victim, Shantel Harmon, was ruthlessly run down while fleeing for her life. As the result of surveillance video and assistance from the community, law enforcement was able to quickly identify and apprehend Daniel Williams for this senseless and cold-blooded murder. I would like to commend the investigative work of Tinicum Township Police Sergeant Simpkins and CID Detective Jay, along with the many officers who assisted in the apprehending this dangerous individual,” said District Attorney Kat Copeland.

Daniel Williams was arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Michael A. Burns and his preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Jack D. Lippart on September 9, 2019.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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Marcus Hook attorney charged with stealing from clients

Media, PA -- Today District Attorney Kat Copeland announced the arrest of Keith Garrity, 39, an attorney who practiced law in Delaware County. Garrity has been charged with stealing money paid to him by clients for legal services he failed to render.

Keith Garrity, 39, of the unit block of Chestnut Street in Marcus Hook, is charged with six counts of theft by unlawful taking, six counts of theft by deception, and six counts of theft by receiving stolen property, felonies of the third degree and misdemeanors of the first degree. The investigation was conducted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Economic Crime Unit Detective Steven Cortese.

On June 18, 2019, an investigation was launched by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office CID when Detective Steven Cortese received information that Keith Garrity, a practicing attorney in Delaware County, had taken money from clients to perform agreed upon legal services and thereafter, he had neither performed those services nor returned the funds. Detective Cortese interviewed a total of six victims all of whom reported paying Garrity for his legal services as an attorney in relation to a variety of matters, including custody, divorce/separation, and criminal cases. In each of these instances, Garrity took the payment, but had neither performed the promised legal work nor attended the scheduled court hearings in relation to those matters. Investigation revealed these thefts occurred between April 2016 and February 2019, and they ranged between $635 and $2500.

On July 10, 2019, CID Detectives Cortese and Hoffner interviewed Keith Garrity. He advised detectives that he began his private practice firm in 2016 and represented clients in both criminal and custody cases. He advised that he normally received cash, money orders, or Walmart to Walmart transfers for his services because he has issues with checks and he did not maintain a bank account due to personal reasons. Garrity was interviewed about each of the thefts from the six victims and admitted that he had been paid by each of the victims to perform a legal service and that he had not only failed to perform that service but had failed to return any money to the victims.

Keith Garrity was arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Deborah A. Krull and his preliminary hearing is scheduled before District Judge Krull on September 9, 2019.

“Keith Garrity had an obligation as an attorney dedicate himself to the interests of his client and advocate with zeal on their behalf; he did the exact opposite, failing to perform even the most basic of service and stealing from the very individuals he had a duty to represent,” said District Attorney Kat Copeland.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

Police officer arrested for delivering stolen Taser to convicted criminal

Media, PA -- Today District Attorney Kat Copeland announced the arrest of Donald Jackson, Jr., 44, a Chester City Police Officer, who took a police Taser from the police department and unlawfully delivered it to an individual who was not lawfully permitted to possess it. A taser is a prohibited offensive weapon that delivers an electrical current that temporarily incapacitates people.

Donald Jackson, Jr., is charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and criminal conspiracy to possession of an offensive weapon, all misdemeanors of the first degree. The investigation was conducted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Special Investigations Unit Detective Paul Corsi.

On June 24, 2019, CID detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of Nikolaos Hatziefstathiou, also known as “Nik the Hat,” in Broomall. During execution of the search warrant, detectives located a police Taser with the number “14” carved into it, along with two firing cartridges and a cell phone. Firing logs for the Taser show it was last discharged in June 2019.

An investigation was launched by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office CID Special Investigations Unit. Detectives determined that the Taser was the property of the Chester City Police Department and had been purchased by the department in October 2011 for $804.95. The Taser was last assigned to a retired Chester Police Captain, who upon retirement, returned the Taser to Chester City Police Officer Donald Jackson, Jr., who was assigned as the Chester Police Department’s Special Project Officer. The Chester City Police confirmed that the recovered Taser was missing from their inventory and was considered stolen.

A forensic examination of Hatziefstathiou’s cellular telephone by the CID Cyber Crimes Unit revealed text messages between Hatziefstathiou and Donald Jackson, Jr. On January 24, 2019, at 11:09 p.m., Hatziefstathiou sent a text message to Jackson’s cell phone asking, “Know anyone I can borrow a taser from? I’m going to be in some bad areas while I’m down there this weekend.” Jackson replied, “I have one. You can’t tell anyone where you got it though.” Additional text messages show that Hatziefstathiou came to Jackson’s house in Delaware County just after midnight on that same date and obtained the Taser from Jackson. Text messages show that on April 15, 2019, at 9:51 p.m., Jackson sent a text message to Hatziefstathiou asking, “How did you make out with that taser?” Hatziefstathiou replied, “Oh yeah! We have one more shoot was gonna use it just in case.” Later Hatziefstathiou text messaged Jackson, “Didn’t use it luckily lmao.”

On July 25, 2019, CID detectives interviewed Donald Jackson, Jr., regarding the stolen police Taser. When confronted with the recovered text message communications on Hatziefstathiou’s phone, Jackson admitted that he took the police issued Taser from the Chester City Police Department to his home and later delivered the police Taser to Hatziefstathiou. A taser is a prohibited offensive weapon that is not permitted to be lawfully delivered to or possessed by Hatziefstathiou.

 

Donald Jackson, Jr., was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl who set bail at $20,000 unsecured. The preliminary hearing has been scheduled before District Judge Strohl on September 3, 2019.

“Donald Jackson, Jr., used his position of trust and authority as a law enforcement officer to obtain a police issued weapon and then illegally transferred it to a convicted criminal, violating his sworn oath to uphold the laws of our Commonwealth,” said District Attorney Kat Copeland.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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