Lansdale police now know the identity of a man they believe responsible for an armed robbery last may at the Lansdale Pawn Shop on North Broad Street. Police say, 22-year-old JA’kwan Gardner entered the shop on may 7th just after 11am, carrying a long duffle bag. Gardner had his hand in the bag and the owner of the shop saw a long barrel pointed at him. Gardner made off with 28,000 dollars in jewelry and 600 dollars in cash. Gardner’s last known address was on the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia. He faces charges of robbery, possessing an instrument of crime and additional offenses. Police say, Gardner purchased a gun about a month before the robbery at the Lansdale Pawn Shop. Anyone with information on Ja’kwan Gardner is asked to call Lansdale Police at 215-368-1801.
Two men are indicted by a West Virginia Grand Jury in connection with the death of a 2010 Pennridge High School graduate. 21-year-old, Kevin Figaniak a student at Wheeling Jesuit University, was attacked by the two men on August 31st in Wheeling while walking back to campus. The assault inflicted on figaniak would take his life the next day in a Pittsburgh hospital. Another man walking with Figaniak was also assaulted. 22-year-old, Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Florida was indicted on a charge of murder. 24-year-old, Jarrett Chandler from Windfield, Louisiana was indicted on a charge of misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter. Peacock and Chandler were in Wheeling working at a natural gas drilling site. Police say, the violent encounter happened after bars were closing. Police found Peacock and Chandler at a campsite for natural gas workers in Wheeling.
A priest stationed at Saint Stanislaus Church in Lansdale faces charges of incident assault without consent and harassment in connection with an incident at North Penn Y.M.C.A on the night of December 15th. Lansdale Police say, a man reported having a conversation with an older man in the sauna. After leaving the sauna at around 7pm, the victim says he was standing in front of a sink in the locker room when he saw the older male standing in back of him. He turned to shake his hand to say goodbye. The man, 64-year-old, Reverend John Roebuck, shook the man’s hand, but according to the victim, Roebuck reached down with his other hand and grabbed the man’s genitals. Police arrested Roebuck on Friday. He’s free on 50,000 dollars unsecured bail. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed Roebuck on administrative leave.
Just four months ago he was a central figure in the Montgomery County Republican Party as its Chairman. On Wednesday, Bob Kerns waived his preliminary hearing Scheduled for the end of the month, entering a not guilty plea in connection with an incident in October, which accused him of drugging and raping a co-worker at the Upper Gwynedd Township law firm where Kerns and the victim worked. The 66-year-old attorney faces a long list of charges. Court records show kerns allegedly used the sleeping aid to subdue the victim by dropping it into a bottle of wine. Kerns and his co-worker were at a law firm party in Whitpain Township prior to the incident.