PROACTIVE POLICE WORK RESULTS IN ARREST ON WEAPONS CHARGES AND POINT-OF-GUN ROBBERY IN PHILADELPHIA
On Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 9:52 am, Bensalem Township Patrol Officers were involved in proactive patrols in the area of Route 1 and Interplex Drive. An officer observed a motor vehicle code violation on a 2013 Ford Edge while it was traveling south on Route 1.
A traffic stop was initiated and Bensalem Police made contact with the driver, Dio Garcia, 40 years old from Kindred Street in Philadelphia. A check of the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) system showed the vehicle listed as a “Felony Vehicle – Occupant(s) Armed…Used in Point-of-Gun Robbery” Dio Garcia also had an active warrant out of Florida for a probation violation. Dio Garcia was taken into custody and the Ford Edge was towed to the Bensalem Township Police Department.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and police seized a plastic container of suspected marijuana and a loaded black .40 caliber Beretta handgun that matched the description of the weapon used in a point-of-gun robbery in Philadelphia. The handgun had also been reported stolen out of Delaware.
Dio Garcia was charged with Persons Not to Possess a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Possession of Marijuana and related charges. He was arraigned by District Justice Joseph Falcone and sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu 10% of $200,000 bail. Philadelphia Police will be obtaining an arrest warrant for Dio Garcia for the gun point robbery.