SANATOGA PA – You know that unofficial postal workers’ creed, the one that starts with “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night …” keeping them from appointed rounds? It might apply just as easily to Lower Pottsgrove police, particularly in their arrest Sunday (Jan. 24, 2016) at 8:38 a.m. of a fugitive wanted from three months earlier on several charges.
The police department, in a press release distributed Monday (Jan. 25), credited Ofc. Kevin Black with a cold, snowy chase that ended in the arrest of Christopher Artis, 36, of Philadelphia, inside an apartment at the Rolling Hills complex on Buchert Road.
Artis was wanted for a November 2015 incident that occurred at Rolling Hills and allegedly involved simple assault and harassment. He also faced an active arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for a probation violation.
Police said they were tipped that Artis had been seen Sunday morning in a vehicle driving though Rolling Hills. Black responded, and said he witnessed Artis driving a Hyundai sports utility vehicle toward one of its exits. Due to the weather conditions left by weekend winter storm Jonas, the officer climbed out of his stopped car to make contact and positively identify Artis as he approached.
Artis left his car too, according to the release, and started running away.
Black followed on foot, and spotted Artis entering one of the apartments; its address and the name of its occupants were not supplied. They allowed the patrolman to enter, however, “and Artis was taken into custody without further incident,” the department reported.
He was transported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA, and will attend a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. at a later date.