January 17, 2020 Hatboro Police Department Routine Press Release


Prepared By:  Sergeant James C. Petrik #46, Press Information Officer
Prepared On:  Friday, January 17th, 2020

On Monday, January 13th, 2020, at 3:42pm, a resident in the 300 block of Horsham Road reported a delivered package was stolen from the mail sometime during the day.  The stolen item, a Nintendo NES Classic Edition, has a replacement value of $125.

Indecent Sexual Assault
On Monday, January 13th, 2020, at 10:47am, a 68-year-old Hatboro woman was allegedly assaulted while walking in the area of 12 S. York Road.  A caller who witnessed the incident called 911 after observing a female subject getting thrown to the ground.  Police responded immediately and quickly learned from the victim that a male subject, who wasn’t known to her, groped her vaginal area while she was shopping inside a commercial business on S. York Road.  He then fled and the victim located the subject nearby and tried taking pictures of him on her cell phone.  The subject then threw the victim to the ground and fled the area on foot.  A description of the suspect was broadcast, and officers began searching the area.  In short order a subject matching the description was located at the Hatboro SEPTA Train Station by Hatboro Police and he was identified by the victim as the person who assaulted her.  He was taken into custody.  The suspect, Victor Manuel Baez-Betancourt, 33 years old, from Philadelphia, initially provided a false name to officers but his real identity was discovered through automated fingerprint identification conducted at the Hatboro Police Station.  At that time it was discovered Mr. Baez-Betancourt also had active arrest warrants in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico for a variety of offenses including sexual assaults.

He was charged with two counts of Indecent Assault, two counts of Simple Assault, two counts of Harassment, Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, and Disorderly Conduct.  He was arraigned before Junita Price of Glenside and bail was set at $5000/cash.  He was then incarcerated at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and the arrest warrants from Philadelphia and Puerto Rico was lodged as detainers as well.

On Friday, January 10th, 2020, at 4:41pm, a resident in the 30 block of E. Moreland Avenue reported $700 in cash was stolen from within her home.  The incident is still currently under investigation.

Warrant Service
On Friday, January 10th, 2020, at 12:34pm, an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for traffic violations.  As a result of the stop the operator, Frank E. Wilson, 19 years old, from Hatboro, was arrested on an active arrest warrant from Middletown Township in Bucks County.  He was subsequently released to the custody of the Middletown Township Police Department.

Defiant Trespasser
On Monday, January 6th, 2020, at 5:03pm, officers responded to a report of a woman trespassing at an apartment complex in the 300 block of N. York Road.  Officers located the subject, Jenny L. Fay, 27 years old, No Fixed Address, had been warned multiple times to stay off the property as she continually trespasses in the basements.  She was taken in custody and it was subsequently discovered there was an active arrest warrant in Montgomery County as well as one in Bucks County.  She was subsequently released to the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, December 25th, 2020, at 1:54am, an officer on patrol came upon a vehicle stopped in the roadway on N. York Road at Home Road.  Investigation revealed the driver, Michael W. Hemphill, 41 years old, from Penndel, was under the influence of alcohol.  He was taken to custody for Driving Under the Influence and was transported to the Hatboro Police Station where he was administered a breath test.  Based on the results of the test, Mr. Hemphill was summonsed to court for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Without Required Ignition Interlock, and Driving While Suspended for DUI.

Release Concluded