Bucks County Fugitive Arrested on Gun Charge

Benjamin Lawrence SnyderBenjamin Lawrence Snyder (Submitted Image)

POTTSTOWN, PA — North Coventry Township Police Department arrested a man with active arrest warrants and charged him with carrying a firearm without a license.

Authorities state that on January 13, 2022, at 4:08 PM, North Coventry Township Police responded to the area of Route 724 (AKA W. Schuylkill Rd.) and Catfish Lane for the report of a one-vehicle crash. Prior to arrival, police were advised that the operator and sole occupant, later identified as Benjamin Lawrence Snyder, had exited the vehicle and was attempting to leave the scene. It was reported that Snyder had stated that he had warrants for his arrest.

Upon police arrival, officers made contact with Snyder who was detained pending confirmation of an active arrest warrant issued for the defendant out of Bucks County. Through the course of their investigation, police found Snyder to be in possession of a fully-loaded 9mm handgun as well as a plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.  Additionally, it was found that Snyder is not licensed to carry a firearm and is prohibited from owning/possessing a firearm.  Snyder was transported to Pottstown Police Department for housing until video arraignment.

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Snyder was charged with the following offenses:

  • Firearms Not To Be Carried W/O License
  • Persons not to Possess Firearm

He was taken before on-call District Judge Mackenzie W. Smith of District Court 15-1-02 for the video arraignment. District Judge Smith set bail in the amount of $20,000.00 cash and Snyder was made aware of the active warrant out of Bucks County. A preliminary hearing was held on January 27, 2022, at 9:00 AM before District Judge John Hipple at District Court 15-3-01 and all charges were held and bound over to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.  Snyder was remanded to Chester County Prison.

Information is subject to change at any time. An arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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