Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz, right, presents awards Thursday to Montgomery County prosecutors and detectives who won convictions or gained pleas in the Borowy murder case
SANATOGA PA – Rather than assemble Thursday (Aug. 21, 2014) in the relatively tight confines of the conference room at the Lower Pottsgrove municipal building, more than a dozen men and women dressed in either business attire or crisp uniforms gathered in its hallway and patiently waited for their names to be called.
More than twice their number had been expected, but not all could make it. Township Police Chief Michael Foltz, who issued their invitations, said he thoroughly understood. Many of them, he noted, were still working.
It was the ability and determination to catch, work a case, follow its leads, present substantial evidence, and win convictions that Foltz celebrated during the Board of Commissioners’ meeting, as he presented awards or citations to almost all involved in solving the murder of Pottsgrove High School graduate Kareem Ali Borowy.
Borowy was shot in May 2013 and left to die on a shoulder of Sanatoga Station Road, at the township’s southeast side, after four men invaded his mother’s West Pottsgrove home and forced him into their car. He was killed in an attempt to escape, authorities said.
It took investigators only nine days to make their first arrest in the case, six more for a second, and 15 more to make the third. But the fourth suspect proved illusive, and his capture took nearly two additional months. Meanwhile, Foltz said, his department’s two detectives and others working the crime “put in the long hours and hard work to make it happen. Sometimes I felt guilty going home knowing my guys were still at it.”
The courtroom dramas that followed are now over, about a year after the unhappy saga began. One of the four perpetrators, lookout Rasheed Teel, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and testified for prosecutors. Of the remaining three, shooter Andre “Dre” Collier was convicted of first-degree murder; accomplices Omar “O” Miller and Charles “Cheese” Freeman, of second-degree murder. All have begun serving their sentences.
Foltz made only brief mention of the case history during his presentations, and instead focused on the contributions of those being honored, both as individuals and as a team. Introductions, the awards, the handshakes, and the inevitable photos took up their first half-hour of the board meeting. Commissioners later claimed it was worth every minute.
And, after the crowd dispersed, township Solicitor Robert Brant made what may have been the capstone comment of the night: “Who would have guessed,” he said, “that it takes so many good guys to catch four bad guys?”
- See a gallery of 11 photos taken during the presentations. Click on any thumbnail photo below to see it on a separate page, then click the photo there to see it in full size.
Law enforcers, prosecutors and township commissioners gather outside the municipal building
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