27-Year-Old Arrested in Southern Chester County on Gun Charges

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KENNETT SQUARE, PA – The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department announced the arrest of 27-year-old Victor Paskings-Woodward on gun charges.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 1st, 2023, at approximately 11:45 pm, Victor Paskings-Woodward was apprehended by the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department when they noticed his Kia traveling at an alarmingly high rate of speed. The officer followed and saw several other indications of recklessness before the car went airborne at the intersection of Newark Road and Baltimore Pike. A traffic stop was initiated then and he was identified as the driver and single occupant of the vehicle.

During the course of their investigation, police officers discovered that Paskings had a suspended driver’s license, and immediately asked if they could search his vehicle for weapons. Upon consenting to a pat down, officers felt a hard metal object tucked into Paskings’ pants. When questioned about it, Paskings tried to escape by pushing the officers out of his way, prompting an ensuing struggle. Fortunately, officers were able to gain control of the situation and detain Paskings. As part of their search, they uncovered a black Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol stolen out of East Fallowfield Township. The firearm was loaded with 8 rounds in the magazine plus one additional round in the chamber.

Medical personnel were dispatched to the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department due to Paskings having minor injuries from the struggle but medical treatment was refused. No officers were injured. Paskings-Woodward was then transported to Chester County Prison.  He has been charged with Firearms not to be carried without a license, Receiving Stolen Property, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Resisting Arrest, Simple Assault, and Driving While Having a Suspended or Revoked License.

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