Brown commends recent efforts by police to crack down on illegal use of off-road vehicles on Center City streets

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., today released a statement applauding the Philadelphia Police Department’s recent success and swift action against the use of off-road vehicles citywide.

“I want to express my gratitude to our police department for their immediate actions as of late to combat the use of off-road vehicles in our city. They clearly heard their neighbors’ concerns and have worked diligently to crackdown on these illegal activities,” Brown said.

“While we’re doing our part here in Harrisburg, which includes the recent passage of House Bill 1338, a bill that would allow Philadelphia to make stronger ordinances and explicitly prohibit such activities, it is going to take a collaborative effort with local officials, and the Philadelphia police officers are doing their part and working hard to hold the line on this effort. For that, we are grateful.

“I’d also like to take this chance to commend officers for the quick identification and apprehension of the suspect who was caught on camera earlier this week smashing the back window out of a car and assaulting a woman in Center City. The suspect, who was among a crowd of ATV and dirt bike riders, has since been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault.

“Had it not been for the result-driven actions enacted by community members who were appalled by the actions of the biker, our interim police commissioner, and the valiant efforts of police officers, this suspect likely would still be on the loose and ATV and dirt bike riders would still be flooding our streets. Much appreciation to all involved.

“Some call these antics and behavior ‘part of the biking culture.’ I call it ‘part of the problem.’ It’s a new day in the City of Philadelphia, and the work being done to put a stop to these illegal activities is providing leads for larger, unrelated cases, including yesterday’s arrest of a suspect who was wanted for homicide and had a previous warrant out for his arrest.

“The work our police officers are doing matters! Thank you for continued service to our city.”