Lansdale police said this morning they arrested a Montgomery County man over the weekend after he allegedly held up a 30-year-old woman at gunpoint in a parking lot in the unit block of Jenkins Avenue.
Stacy Beckett, 40, formerly of the 100 block of Tulip Drive in Hatfield Township, was arrested at 10:15 p.m. Oct. 13. In this case, Stacy is a man’s name.
Police received a call at 9 p.m. that an armed robbery had occurred in the area of Montella's Pub. The victim fled for her safety to the 7-11 mini-market on N. Broad St. in Hatfield Township.
The victim told police she pulled her car into a parking lot on Jenkins Avenue, preparing to walk to her place of business when a black male in a gray hooded sweatshirt reached into her car window, put a gun to her head and demanded money.
The victim handed him her wallet, checkbook and cigarettes, she told police. The suspect then fled the scene.
Officers canvassed the area and found a co-worker of the victim who stated that he had seen a suspicious person matching the description of the suspect, hanging out in the area of Main and Broad Streets. The co-worker told police it appeared the suspect was casing the area.
A few minutes later, the co-worker told police that the suspect was walking in real time on Jenkins Avenue. Police said they attempted to stop the suspect, but he ran.
Officers caught up to him in the unit block of E. 2nd Street where he became uncooperative, police said. The suspect was tasered and taken into custody, police said.
The victim was able to identify the suspect. Found in his possession was the property he had taken from the victim during the robbery, police said.
Beckett was arraigned before District Justice Harold Nesbitt III of Horsham who set bail at $250,000 cash. It was also learned that Beckett had an outstanding Pennsylvania State Parole warrant which resulted in a detainer being lodged against him.
Beckett was taken to Montgomery County Correctional Facility to await a preliminary hearing at a later date before District Justice Harold Borek of Lansdale.
AND THIS WARNING FROM LANSDALE POLICE ABOUT A PHONE SCAM:
A telephone scam artist claiming to be a policeman is making calls to residents of Montgomery County, Lansdale officers reported Monday.
On Oct. 9,, a resident of Moyers Road in Lansdale reported receiving a suspicious call from a man with a heavy "Indian accent" claiming to be a police officer.
The caller identified himself as "Officer Davis" and demanded the resident go to a Walgreen's and wire $500 to pay off an outstanding balance on an unspecified credit card.
Police arrived at the home while the caller was still on the line. When an actual police officer picked up the phone, the caller quickly hung up.
Lansdale police are asking residents to be aware of the scam. Police officers NEVER call to collect on debts owed to credit card companies, officials said.