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Willow Grove Man High on PCP and Armed, Police say

The man was arrested near Kmart for public drunkenness, drug possession and weapons violations.

Matthew Isaac Cross-Harris, 21, of Easton Road, Willow Grove, was arrested Jan. 25 just after 9 p.m. following a report of four intoxicated people near Kmart in the 2600 block of Moreland Road, police said. According to police, a caller said all four of the people — one woman and three men — were “having difficulty maintaining their faculties.”

According to police, the woman, later identified as Sara Ruth Dickinson, 18, of Lansdale, said that she and the three men had been smoking Phencyclidine, more commonly known as PCP, earlier.  

Following a search of Cross-Harris, prior to his arrest for public drunkenness, police said they found a silver Beretta .22-cal. handgun in his outside coat pocket. Police said the gun is registered to someone other than Cross-Harris, but it is not believed to be stolen. The gun was loaded with six 0.22LR cal. cartridges. Police said Cross-Harris does not have a concealed carry permit, and has been rendered ineligible to get one.

Cross-Harris also had a clear plastic bag in the interior pocket of his jacket which contained 11 individually packaged smaller bags of suspected marijuana, police said. Police said they also found a package of Newport cigarettes in Cross-Harris’ jacket; one of the cigarettes was coated in a wet substance, which is believed to be PCP.

Cross-Harris was charged with felony drug possession, public drunkenness and multiple unified firearms acts violations; the felony drug possession charge was withdrawn at the preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Formal arraignment is scheduled for March 27 at 9:30 a.m.

The others that were seen at Kmart with Cross-Harris were also charged.

Dickenson; Richard Lee Stroud, 20, of North 43rd Street, Philadelphia; and Airen Kevin Emfinger, 22, of Weikel Road, Lansdale, were all issued non-traffic citations for public drunkenness. 

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