If you heard a wide-range search, noticed police activity, heard helicopters or wondered what all the commotion was about Wednesday night, the Lower Providence Police Department can now explain. Around 6:38 p.m. last night, a theft was called in from the Rite Aid store, located in the 2600 block of Egypt Road.
Reports from the police state that a white male had left the store with a shopping cart, complete with stolen merchandise from the store. That theft resulted in a wide man search, lasting several hours in the area.
While initial searches began in the area for the suspect matching the description in the vicinity of Audubon Square Shopping Center, the police reports state that the search soon located the stolen goods, discarded near the Rite Aid.
“The subject was detained and was subsequently positively identified as the individual involved in the theft of merchandise from the Rite Aid store,” said an LPPD posting on the department’s Facebook page, placed Thursday night. “The subject was handcuffed behind his back, was seat-belted into the rear seat of a marked patrol car to be transported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility for processing.”
The arrest, however, did not go that smoothly, according to police.
“As the patrol vehicle, which was being followed by a second patrol car, was traveling westbound on Egypt Road in the area of Shannondell Boulevard the subject began banging against the rear door window of the car and moving about within the prisoner area of the vehicle,” said the report. “As the vehicle was moving, the glass broke in the window and the officer pulled the patrol car to the side of the road.”
Police said that the man in custody was soon able to escape his confined space in the rear of the car.
“The subject exited the rear of the vehicle through the window and landed on the ground,” said reports. “The subject ran across Egypt Road and into an open field where the pursuing officers lost sight of him in heavy brush.”
Soon, the police were able to create a wider search range to hunt down the wanted man.
“A perimeter was established with the assistance of the West Norriton Township Police Department and the Valley Forge Park Rangers,” said the LPPD report. “A canine unit from the Plymouth Township Police Department responded. A Medevac helicopter searched the area and was subsequently relieved by a helicopter from the Pennsylvania State Police.”
Despite the assistance of the surrounding law offices, the LPPD were unable to find the man, and canceled the search around 10:15 p.m.
The man, later identified as Brandon Jose Quintrell, 27, of the 200 block of Popodickon Drive, Boyertow, was not found by police. A warrant was issued for his arrest by Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar of Collegeville.
Police are requesting that anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of Brandon Quintrell contact the Lower Providence Township Police Department at 610-539-5900 or 610-539-5901.