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Philly PD IDs Olney Hit-and-Run Suspect

Philadelphia and local authorities are searching for 27-year-old Christopher Stegall of Middleton Place in West Norriton in connection with last night's hit-and-run assault of a Philadelphia police officer in Olney.

Norristown Patch has learned, and Philadelphia police have confirmed that authorities are searching for 27-year-old Christopher M. Stegall, of 207 Middleton Place in West Norriton.

Stegall is wanted for allegedly injuring a Philadelphia police officer last night after a routine traffic stop resulted in Stegall dragging the officer with his 2011 black Ford F150 for a full city block. The officer was taken to the hospital with a broken ankle and related injuries.

Authorities have not released a photo of the suspect, but describe him as a 27-year-old black male with a light complexion. Stegall is reportedly 6’2” tall and weighs 170 lbs. He is also reportedly covered in tattoos on his chest, shoulders, arms and lower back. Stegall was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark-colored cargo shorts.

The 21-year-old Bryn Mawr women who allegedly transported Stegall from Philadelphia to his home in West Norriton Tuesday night is reportedly being questioned by Philadelphia police. No word on whether she will face charges in Philadelphia, but West Norriton Police Chief Robert Adams confirmed she is not being charged of a crime in West Norriton. 

Philadelphia police are reportedly in our area searching for Stegall at this time.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact the  at 610-270-0977 or  at 610-630-1701.

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Concerned Neighbor July 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Where does anyone read 'Lynch Mob' in 'We need a picture of this scum bag so if we see him we can call 911'. I don't see lynching, I hear a request so there can be a community assist by dialing '911' on the telephone and allowing the trained police officers to do their job. It is a Court of Law's job to declare him guilty.
Blackprince7 July 18, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The stupid cop deserves everyrhing he got.. Why would u grab to stop a car that speeding off.. W did he think he is the incredible hawk..smdh and all u idiots saying we need to do this and do that need to mind ur own bizness!
AP July 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Blackprince7 your an idiot for saying that. I'm guessing you have no respect for the Police officers protecting us every day. Is the person of interest related to you? That's what it sounds like to me.
AP July 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Aric, I agree with you wasn't thinking of it like that. Chances are this man is the right person of interest. Just saying.
AP July 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM
If your innocent you turn your self in. Only the guilty run.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Thanks AP. The Trayvon Martin case in Florida has been on my mind a lot lately, and the mob mentality that seems to be coming out of the threads following news reports about this has me worried someone will inappropriately head out and go looking for the suspect and either shoot someone who's otherwise uninvolved or get shot themselves by the Police. As I said in other posts, best thing to do in these situations is go inside and lock the doors and let the Police do their work as quickly and as safely as possible. Key point I wanted to make in a post that got lost was the typical movie thing where the cops lose the suspect in a crowd is so true... we get lots of people out "looking" and the guy gets away since the cops have to stop everyone they see and clear them as ok.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Sadly, that's not actually how our judicial system works. FWIW.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Re Concerned neighbor and my comment about lynch mob mentality above: please refer to the comment above calling the suspect a scumbag and the threads on other news post stemming from this incident filled with paranoid fantasy about "helping the cops" and "defending our homes". The facts aren't known, let alone released. Innocent until proven guilty is a basic tenet of our legal system and calling for these sorts of things is par for the course on the march to vigilantism and fascism/mob rule. Having just joined patch.com as a result of this incident I'm quite displeased to see such things allowed on a supposed "news" site.
Blackprince7 July 19, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ur exactly right I have no respect for the police, or people like yall, most cops are racist and crooked!! you people just show how messed up the system is, its should be innocent untill proven guilty.. But because of racist idiots like urselves its guilty until proven innocent! No wonder america is messed up cause it has idiots like yall running it....
Aric July 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Which people, exactly, am I like and why am I out to get you? Frankly I have no idea who you even are, let alone you know who I am, so I'm a bit confused on this issue. Me, I've been trying to stomp on the assumption here that the guy living 2 blocks from me is guilty simply because people heard his name was on the ID the police have. Kindly don't lump us all together, as some of us actually believe in justice.
AP July 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
WOW! Why must you pull the race card? You don't know me and you don't know the color of my skin. Grow up kid.
AP July 19, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Blackprince7 you are why this country is messed up. You have a lot to learn son.
AP July 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
If he is innocent he should turn himself in to clear his name just hiding is not making him look good. The reason America is so messed up not to get off topic is because of Mr. Obama and let me guess your going to call me racist for saying that when you don't even know the color of my skin.
Concerned Neighbor July 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Wow! Blackprince7 run for office - let's see what you have to offer. Talk about racism, it is an attitude such as yours tells me which one of us is the real racist here. As for the police officer grabing the truck in an effort to stop the truck, where was this information noted? Aric you can't tell people to not be concerned about their own safety, use common sence, and the police shouldn't waste valuable time on the residents - who placed you at the helm of my ship? What do you know about my neighborhood? I have been around WN a long time I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in this Twp. I remember when it WAS a community. Aric, you have your opinion - which apparently is the only opinion - so I raise my white flag to you. Whew! I am glad to know WN does not have a helicopter - I was wondering where they have been hiding it.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Do you really want to go there, AP? Step back and think about this a moment. If you were falsely accused of putting a cop in the hospital, would ***your*** first instinct be to turn yourself in? Hell no. First thing you do is find legal representation to make sure your rights are looked after. This has ***NOTHING*** to do with who's President or the color of his skin. Seriously, think before typing crap like this.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
You have a point, Concerned Neighbor, or just diarrhea of the keyboard?
AP July 19, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Thank you Concerned Neighbor
AP July 19, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Aric can't you have an intelligent conversion?
Aric July 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Absoluely. And if you all would like to join in on the conversation please do. Up to this point I'm afraid to say all I've seen mob mentality, racism, vigilantism and a healthy dose of paranoia.
Blackprince7 July 19, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I have alot to learn.. Hmm lets refresh ur memory, remember the fire hoeses, and the doggs that were released on black people for exercising their right, or the countless black n hispanic men n women who are in prison for crimes they didnt commit, see u fall right into their plan u idiot, they want u to forget about all the wicked things that has been done to black people in this country.. And if u are black ask ur grandmother n grandfather how they felt when the cops came an stoped them from using a sink because it was whites only. N obama didnt mess the country up it was that demon george bush.. And this country was doomed from the start yall came here slaughtered the native americans stole everything, then u let devil worshiping homosexuals run the country (freemasons) george washington and dam near every president after him was even obama... And as history always shows u if a black person is blamed for anything , its open season on the whole race!
AP July 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Ok. I am not racist and I agree with you on this. Blackprince7 is just pissing me off.
Blackprince7 July 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
How do u know he wasnt running for his life? Philly cops are some of the most slimy cops around.. How do u no he is even the one that did it? And y do u belive the wicked eil liars the media all they do is spread fear and lies n cause nothing but harm
roni July 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM
President obama has nothing to do with this!!! Let's start with that!!! Second God is the only one that can judge!!!
Aric July 19, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Can't agree with the earlier post, but damned straight you're on target with this one. The guy's a ***SUSPECT***, and may ***OR MAY NOT*** have anything to do with this. Funny that my earlier comment (possibly on another post) about lynch mob mentality was met with WTF, when that's exactly what's happening. Shoot, the guy who they're looking for lives 2 blocks from me... If he is in fact guilty, do you really think breaking into my house is his top priority at this point? And if he's ***not*** actually the guy who did the hit and run, is HIS top priority is breaking into my house 2 blocks away??? Critical thinking skills seem lacking, nowadays.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Agreed on the President part, will punt on the G-d part as that has yet to be proven one way or the other (and either way has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS)
AP July 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Blackprince7 you do have a point about Philly police officers but they do have a very hard job to do and they are all not bad. And roni the only reason I said anything Obama is because Blackprince7 said this is why America is messed up so Obama is the leader and that's why his name got brought up.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
So President Obama, by way of being our country's leader, is at fault for a guy in WNT possibly committing a hit&run on a cop in Onley? Is that really what you're saying??? Shoot, at that point you might have to admit that George W Bush is at fault for the mess in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the current recession. But you won't admit to that, will you? Even if it's true???
Aric July 19, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Been fun folks, but I'm turning in for the night. Hopefully some of you are sober enough in the morning to realize what asses you made of yourselves on a public forum, as the Internet Doesn't Forget.
Blackprince7 July 19, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I agree.God can only.judge n who ever said thats yet to be proven,, here this anything that is against God is the devil.hmm wich explains alot about u
Filethecomplaint July 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM
This thread is sad, lol. Definitely was no spell checker used. Obama did not mess this country up. He actually is trying to clean up Geroge Bush mess he put us in. President Obama is the one who caught and killed the TERRORIST that took away many of your innocent relatives or friends so don't go there. He has nothing to do with anyone out here committing any crime. I understand BlackPrince's pain and where he is coming from. All cops are not bad but I have definitely seen plenty in action with wrong doing but people let them get away with it so they keep doing it. If people don't feel safe they can contact the FBI and file a report on any police since the department can't be trusted. Fort Washington are the one's who deal with Norristown police department.

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