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Lansdale Man Gets 25 yrs Trying Shoot Trooper; Man Dead in Frankford; Temple Safety Director Resigns
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 03/24/22 11:59 pm | updated: 03/24/22 11:59 pm
 
A Lansdale, Montgomery County man has been sentenced to 25 years and one day in federal prison for armed bank robbery and attempted murder of a state trooper. He will also have five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine. In October 2021, 44-year-old Christopher Larue pled guilty to one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of armed bank robbery. On October 19, 2020, Larue entered a QNB bank in Perkasie wearing dark clothing a black mask and brandishing a firearm. He made off with $11,000. Pennsylvania State Police used a GPS tracker hidden in the money to located him at his job site in Conshohocken. As troopers were trying to arrest him, Larue put a gun to a trooper's head and pulled the trigger. It misfired and police took him into custody. They found the money and the clothes he wore inside his work locker. "Christopher Larue aimed a loaded gun at a state trooper's head, asked him if he wanted to die that day, and repeatedly pulled the trigger. It was very nearly a tragedy, but thankfully the weapon didn't fire," said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. "In this case, the defendant acted with complete disregard and callousness for the lives of the Pennsylvania State Troopers and the bank employees whom he threatened with a firearm. But for a misfired gun, the outcome could have been yet another tragic loss of life. The U.S. Attorney's Office will not tolerate this kind of violent lawlessness," U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said. Larue was convicted in 2009 of robbing 5 banks and spent 12 years in federal prison. He was on supervised release at the time of this offense.

Family members found a man shot to death inside his apartment early Thursday morning, 3/24. Police were called to the 4000 block of Frankford Avenue around 12:40 a.m. The 58-year-old man was in the kitchen of the first floor apartment with a gun shot to his face. He may have been there hours before found. The home had been ransacked leading police to believe that it may have been a robbery. Neighbors told police they heard gunshots hours earlier. Investigators are looking into surveillance footage from the area.

Temple University's Executive Director of Public Safety Charles Leone announced on Thursday, 3/24, that he will be resigning effective April 29. "I came to Temple nearly 40 years ago as a student, and I loved this university so much that I never left," Leone said. "It is bittersweet for me to leave now, but I know campus safety is in a much stronger position today, and this is the right time for me personally to step aside and enable a new leader to build the department’s strategy for the future." Deputy Director Denise Wilhelm, a member of Temple Police for more than 30 years, will assume the role of interim executive director. Gun violence and other crime around the city and campus has prompted some parents to pay for private security near campus. The Temple Police department is operating at 60% fully staffed. Officers are working overtime to ensure campus security. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will be coming in next month as a consultant to audit the campus safety services.

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