Police Charge Man in Alleged Gun, Knife Incidents

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A man who allegedly was “threatening people with a gun” Saturday (Jan. 8, 2022) at about 1:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Restaurant, 2910 E. High St., and who later allegedly wielded a knife in the 1100 block of North Pleasant View Road, was arrested without incident by Lower Pottsgrove police. “No one was injured” in either incident, they said.

Facing a lengthy list of charges is a 62-year-old Phoenixville area man, identified by police as Douglas E. Mills. He current is being held in the Montgomery County Jail in Eagleville after he was unable to post a cash bail of $25,000, court records show, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 19 (Wednesday) in the Pottstown courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

Police said they responded to the Saturday afternoon call for “a report of an armed suspect” who brandished a gun. The suspect, later reported by the department as Mills, fled before police arrived, they said in an online report posted Sunday (Jan. 9).

“While still investigating the Hilltop incident,” police added, they received another call “for a male armed with a knife” on North Pleasant View. That’s where officers encountered Mills and took him into custody, reportedly without problems. Investigators later determined that Mills also was the suspect sought in the Hilltop incident.

Mills faces two felony counts, for robbery with a threat of immediate serious injury, and for attempted robbery of a motor vehicle. He also faces three misdemeanor counts each of making terroristic threats and simple assault, two counts of possession of an instrument of crime, and citations for criminal trespass and trespass by motor vehicle.

The report did not offer specifics of the alleged robberies.

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