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Douglass Twp. Man Faces Charges from Shooting on Jackson Road
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-02-24

            A Douglass Township man involved in a shooting on a road in the municipality three months ago faces six felony counts.

            Local authorities have charged Dylan Joel Clemmer, 18, of Roberts Road, with four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of hindering an investigation after a Nov. 11 incident.

            Clemmer also faces five related misdemeanor counts and two summary offenses from the episode, which occurred in the 300 block of Jackson Road. Township police claim a passenger in a black Honda Accord he was driving fired a handgun at a white truck, striking a person in the truck, according to the police criminal complaint filed in the New Hanover Court of District Judge Maurice Saylor.

            Local authorities filed charges in the case on Jan. 22 and arrested Clemmer on Feb. 16, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            Douglass Township police were dispatched at 7:08 p.m. on Nov. 11 to the Circle K, located at 312 Manatawny St. in Pottstown to meet the alleged victims. A male and female informed the officers that they were driving a white truck east on East Philadelphia Avenue in Gilbertsville when they made a right turn onto Jackson Road.  The two were just out for a drive to relax, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

             When the truck got to a bend in the road, they observed a black Honda stopped in the roadway. The driver told authorities he saw a male passenger hanging out the passenger window of the Honda. The female passenger in the truck saw something shiny in the Honda passenger's hand. The driver of the truck told authorities the next thing he remembered was hearing the windshield pop, which caused him to slam on the brakes and drive off the road.

            The driver sustained a small cut above his right ear, which was grazed by the bullet. The projectile also went through the windshield, the driver's side headrest and hit a steel workbox in the back of the truck bed, according to the legal document.

            The passenger described the Honda driver as a white male, 17 or 18-years-old, with reddish curly hair, wearing glasses and a blue/green shirt. She also described the shooter as a white male, 17-18 years old, with dirty-blond messy hair and wearing a black zip-up jacket with a reflective zipper. Additionally, the passenger got a picture of the Honda's license plate with her cell phone as it started speeding and swerving away from the scene.

            The following day, Clemmer acknowledged that he and two other friends were driving in the area in his vehicle and confirmed an encounter with a white pickup truck.

            He claimed the truck pulled up behind them, blocking his vehicle. One of the passengers got out of his vehicle and went to the window of the truck which backed away.

            Clemmer told police the incident occurred at a hardware store, according to court records.

            On Dec. 15, Clemmer and the alleged shooter were arrested in Phoenixville Borough on theft charges. The alleged shooter is yet to be charged in the reported shooting.

            All 155 criminal counts in the case against Clemmer were held over for Chester County Common Pleas Court by Phoenixville District Judge James C. Kovaleski, said information posted on the judicial website.

            Three days later, both victims provided a positive identification of the shooter. Later that day, Clemmer admitted to authorities that the shooter was a passenger in his vehicle, but that he had not been aware the passenger had a gun.

            Police recovered the gun used in the shooting from a motel room in Pottstown, according to the legal document.

            Clemmer remains in Montgomery County Jail after Saylor set bail in the case at $25,000 monetary on Feb. 16. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 2.


 

 

 

 

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