Couple Threatens Taxi Driver to Elude $81 Fare
The incident occurred Saturday night after a taxi driver transported them from a Phillies game.
Shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday, a taxi driver reported to the Newtown Township Police Department that he had picked up a couple at the Phllies game. The couple told the driver they would give him directions to their home once they got off of I-95. However, when they reached the area of Lower Silver Lake Road, the female asked him to stop the car.
At that point the male passenger, who was seated directly behind the driver, put something against the driver’s shoulder and threatened to shoot him if he didn't stop the cab and let them both out, police said. The driver told police he believed that the object against his shoulder was a gun, but did not actually see a gun. Both subjects got out the passenger side and walked into the field in the direction of the Newtown Bypass without paying the $81 fare.
The area was checked, but the suspects were not located.
Newtown Township Police also reported the following activity:
Friday, June 8
At approximately 10 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle occupied by two male subjects in a vehicle parked at the Newtown Grant Rec Center. The teens, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, were identified as being residents of the area and advised to leave the property.
Just before 11 p.m., police were dispatched to the Rec Center in Tyler Walk for a complaint that there was a group of juveniles in the playground area shouting and being loud. When the officer arrived, she located four young teens and advised them that it was time for them to go home. The officer notified the teens that they were being to loud and disturbing people who were trying to sleep. The teens apologized and left the playground without further incident.
Sunday, June 10
Around 9:30 p.m., police were dispatched to Midland Road in Wrightstown Township for a complaint that fireworks were being set off. The area was checked but officers did not locate any fireworks.
A resident of Diamond Drive called police to report shortly after 10:30 p.m. to report that he parked his vehicle in the parking lot in front of his residence around 7:30 p.m. the night before and noticed that one rear tail light was smashed and there was a small dent on the side that wasn’t there when he parked his car. The caller did not see or hear anything overnight.
Monday, June 11
Police responded to a home on Yorkshire Drive around 12:30 p.m. for a report that a resident had discovered the keys to his fishing boat were missing. The victim also reported that the flare gun and flare cartridges had also been taken. The boat is stored along side of the home, police said.
While patrolling on Stoopville Road around 1:45 p.m., an officer observed a Jeep Wrangler on the road with six passengers in a vehicle designed to hold four passengers. The officer stopped the motorist and spoke with the occupants about the situation. The group agreed to return to the home of a passenger and get a second car to continue their trip.
At approximately 10:10 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of the Newtown Grant Rec Center for a report of fireworks being set off. As officers arrived at the scene, they observed several cars in the front parking lot. An officer checked the main parking lot and determined that the fireworks had been set off from there, although no one was still on scene. The occupants in the cars told the officers that they were watching the fireworks, but didn’t have any contact with the person setting them off.
Tuesday, June 12
Shortly after 6 a.m., police were dispatched to Bucks County Community College for a report of a disorderly subject. When the officer arrived, he was met by Campus Security personnel who explained that a male, identified as 28 year-old Vidal Torres-Toro of Philadelphia, was found sleeping in the auditorium on Monday, June 11 and instructed to leave and not return to the campus. On Tuesday, he was located sleeping in a college-owned vehicle. The officer issued a citation charging Torres-Toro with disorderly conduct and transported him to a bus stop.
Just after 2 p.m., police responded to a traffic accident on the Newtown Bypass near Holy Family College. Upon arrival, the officer found a tan Toyota Camry with heavy front-end damage. An adult was nearby being attended to by emergency personnel, but refused medical treatment. It was determined that the male, a 28-year-old Philadelphia resident, had been driving the vehicle and was the cause of the accident. The subject was taken into custody and transported to Saint Mary Medical Center to have blood drawn for testing as the officer on scene detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He was released to a friend and charges are pending depending on the blood results.
Wednesday, June 13
Shortly after 8 a.m., police responded to Helen Randle Park for a report of damage to the bathroom doors. The responding officer observed damage to the doors as well as the door closers. It is undetermined if the damage was caused by the weather or intentionally by unknown persons.
Police were dispatched to the area of Richboro Road near Cambridge Lane to retrieve narcotic paraphernalia that was found by a pedestrian. The responding officer was met by the caller, who showed the officer hypodermic needles lying on the ground near a bundle of paper towels that had been wrapped in duct tape. Inside the bundle were numerous baggies that are known to hold contraband. The items were transported to police headquarters for proper disposal.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., police responded to Bridal Rose Court for a report of a male subject selling children’s books door-to-door in the neighborhood. The subject provided identification, along with a solicitor’s permit issued by Newtown Borough, but did not have a solicitor’s permit issued by Newtown Township Police Department. He was advised how to get a permit to continue working in Newtown Township.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the Public Works Building in Wrightstown Township for a report of a male subject who was going through the recyclable dumpster. The responding officer made contact with the man, who provided identification and explained that he collects comic books and was checking to make sure that none of them were mixed in with the newspapers he was putting in the dumpster. Every thing appeared in order so no further police action was required.
Thursday, June 14
Around 11:20 p.m., police receive a report that a vehicle had just pulled into the Newtown Rec Center and parked in parking lot. The responding officer made contact with the driver and learned that he was in charge of an event to take place the next day and wanted to check the location ahead of time. All was in order.
Friday, June 15
Just before 11 a.m., police were dispatched to Kirkwood Drive for a report of a burglary in progress. The caller reported a male subject with a screwdriver in his hand attempting to enter a house. When police arrived they located the man in question and investigation determined that he was a contractor that had been hired by the bank to change the locks and cut the grass on the property.
Saturday, June 16
Police were dispatched to a home on Cambridge Lane around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim told police that his GPS unit valued at $179 was taken from his vehicle overnight. He also reported six CDs were taken from a second car. It was undetermined if the vehicles were locked at the time of the thefts.