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Felony Assault, Drug Charges Held Against Philly Man

Alexander Cruz-Green is accused of threatening a man with a gun in the lot of Lansdale Train Station on August 5. Robert Herring, of Lansdale, was also charged in connection with the incident

A Philadelphia man, who allegedly pulled a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun on another man during a late night confrontation at the Lansdale Train Station on August 5, faces 20 charges at county arraignment in October.

Major charges include felony second-degree aggravated assault, felony alteration of a mark of identification of a firearm and four felony counts of manufacture/delivery/possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver.

According to court records, Alexander Cruz-Green, 25, of Gransback Street, had the following additional charges held over following an August 21 preliminary hearing:

  • Felony Possession of a Firearm Without a License
  • Misdemeanor Terroristic Threats
  • Two counts of Misdemeanor Simple Assault
  • Misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Three counts of Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Four counts of Misdemeanor Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Summary Disorderly Conduct

According to court records, Judge Harold Borek dismissed a felony charge of aggravated assault, a felony charge of criminal attempt of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

According to Brian Bingaman of The Reporter, at 12:14 a.m. Aug. 5, Lansdale Police responded to a report of an armed Hispanic man with a ponytail, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, in the rear parking lot of Lansdale Train Station, later identified as Cruz-Green.

A victim of the alleged confrontation with Cruz-Green testified at the preliminary hearing, according to The Reporter. The victim accused Cruz-Green of cocking his concealed gun and allegedly saying, “Skedaddle, or else,” according to the article, as the victim was approaching to greet some friends.

The article states that, prior to Cruz-Green allegedly pulling out a gun, the victim was allegedly shoved four times by Robert Jama Herring, 21, of the 100 block of East Main Street, Lansdale, who was with the group of friends.

The victim testified that he did not know Cruz-Green, according to the article.

The affidavit states that Cruz-Green and Herring were detained after being located walking southbound on the east side of the train station with three other people. All were patted down, the affidavit states.

A loaded gun, with a bullet in the chamber, was allegedly found in Cruz-Green’s waistband, according to the article. Cruz-Green did not have a permit, according to the article.

Officer Daniel Gallagher testified that the serial number on the gun had been “obliterated,” according to the article.

Cruz-Green also allegedly had nine bags of marijuana, two bottles of prescription pills with altered labels and bags of suspected cocaine on his person, according to the article.

Officer Nick Oropeza, according to the article, testified that Cruz-Green’s cell phone had text messages that were “drug-related” and believed the intention was for Cruz-Green to illegally sell the pills.

At preliminary arraignment on Aug. 5, bail was set at $50,000 cash by District Judge Maurice Saylor, according to court records.

Cruz-Green remains incarcerated at Montgomery County Prison. County arraignment is set for October 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Herring had his preliminary hearing at the same time, according to court records.

Borek dismissed two misdemeanor charges of simple assault and two misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit simple assault, according to court records.

Herring faces misdemeanors of possession of marijuana and use of paraphernalia, according to court records. He also faces summary charges of disorderly conduct and harassment with physical contact.

Police found 0.88 grams of marijuana while being detained, according to the article.

Herring remains free on $10,000 bond, according to the article.

Read more about this case at this link.

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