Police are searching for the driver of a dark gray Dodge Charger with a red trunk after a PA State Trooper stopped a suspicious vehicle near a Wawa in Bensalem Friday afternoon and was introduced to the barrel of a gun.
Police say the passenger Anthony H. Bupp, 23, of Philadelphia was being searched for weapons at 1:26 p.m. when he decided to flee on foot. Trooper Mohamad Saloukha chased Bupp and drew his taser, but the suspect turned around, brandished a handgun, and pointed it at Saloukha.
The trooper was forced to reach for his own firearm. Bupp allegedly took the opportunity to get away after hopping a fence.
While State Trooper Saloukha was chasing Bupp, police say the motorist of the Dodge used the chase as a diversion and drove away. The vehicle has a temporary Florida license tag T207777 on its rear.
More officers responded to the call and with the help of a K-9 unit were able to locate Bupp in a backyard at around 3 p.m.
Despite the introduction of firearms to the chase, neither side fired a single shot. DA Matt Weintraub showed his support of the responding officers and their use of restraint.
“The Pennsylvania State Police, and all police officers in Bucks County, are sworn to protect us,” Weintraub said. “Sometimes that means drawing a weapon and firing. Sometimes that means drawing a weapon and not firing.
Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski set Bupp’s bail at 10% of 3 million dollars on felony charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and carrying a firearm with out a license. Bupp was unable to post bail and is now in Bucks County Correctional Facility.
If anyone has information about the motorist who fled in the Dodge Charger, they are asked to contact PA State Police at 215-942-3900.