Authorities said man fought trooper, grabbed for gun before fleeing along Perkiomen Creek
A PA state police trooper was assaulted last Thursday as he tried to apprehend a subject of interest in several area crimes in Schwenksville.
According to court documents, Matthew B. Dowsett, 23, of the 500 block of Main Street in Schwenksville, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and related offenses after fighting authorities when they attempted to take him into custody behind homes in the 500 block of Main Street.
Police said Dowsett appeared to be sleeping in a gray Ford Taurus parked at the location when the trooper attempted to arrest him. Dowsett was wanted by state police, Skippack barracks, in connection with several crimes in Schwenksville and Perkiomen Township, authorities said, including commercial burglary, retail theft and access device fraud. He was also wanted by the Berks County Sheriff’s Office for probation violations, police said.
Around 7:46 a.m., police said the trooper approached the vehicle. Dowsett fled out a rear door but was caught by the trooper. According to reports, Dowsett told the trooper he was “not going back to prison” and grabbed the trooper, prompting an altercation.
Police said the trooper fought Dowsett, who tried to grab his gun out of its holster while resisting arrest. Authorities said the pair tussled on the ground and Dowsett tried unsuccessfully to grab the trooper around the neck and ripped his tie from his uniform.
Police said Dowsett told the trooper he was going to kill him and repeatedly attempted to get the trooper’s gun. Dowsett eventually fled into the woods towards the Perkiomen Creek.
Court papers said the trooper suffered lacerations but was not seriously injured.
Dowsett, who was reported to have been found wet and shivering from exposure to the icy creek waters, was later taken into custody. Police said he admitted to taking part in the crime.
He was arraigned on two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disarming a law enforcement officer, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment by Judge Albert Augustine of Schwenksville District Court and bail was set at $100,000 cash. He was remanded to Montgomery County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today at 10 a.m. in Schwenksville.