Mayor’s Wife Victim of Wednesday Carjacking
Authorities are investigating a Wednesday carjacking involving the wife of Chester Mayor John Linder. Police say three men they have in custody carjacked the wife of the mayor at gunpoint. Police used dogs to track down the men.
According to police, Deena Linder parked her gold Ford Taurus in front of her home on the 500 block of Reaney Street in Chester City around 10 p.m. Suddenly, police say, three men, at least one armed with a gun, approached the vehicle and demanded that she get out. “When I looked they were right in front of me,” said Linder. One man brandished a handgun and said that he wanted the car. The mayor’s wife got out and the two men drove off in the direction of Interstate 95. Mrs. Linder reportedly escaped without injuries.
Police eventually recovered Linder’s car while a K-9 unit tracked the three suspects to their home a short distance away. Police say all three men were arrested, taken into custody and processed. They have not yet revealed their identities.
The Wednesday carjacking comes just days after “Operation City Surge” was launched in Chester. Aimed at curbing what Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan called “epidemic” gun violence in the city, the five-tier initiative could double the number of law enforcement officers on some patrols in Chester — where the homicide toll of 12 has reached twice the count as of May 1, 2013, and 42 individuals have suffered gunshot injuries this year.
In 2013, there were 23 homicides in the city and 100 individuals suffered gunshot wounds.
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Among those in the Delaware County Council chambers during the “Operation Sity Surge” conference were: Chester Mayor John Linder and Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr.; U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger; ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Sam Rabadi; FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Christian Zajac; Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal John Patrignani; Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Anthony Sivo; SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel; Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Chief Joseph Ryan and Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper.
In the Wednesday carjacking incident, police stated that it was possible the men had robbed someone just before the carjacking. This incident appears to be yet another random act of violence in Chester, displaying the importance and necessity of “Operation City Surge.”