Abington SWAT assists in the arrest of ‘dangerous subject’ Donte Powell of Jenkintown who pistol whipped girlfriend

Donte Powell, 37, of 100 Old York Road in Jenkintown, was recently arrested on multiple charges: Two counts of aggravated assault, firearms not to be carried without a license, terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and harassment.

According to the Bensalem Police Department, Powell’s girlfriend reported a case of domestic assault on Friday, May 19. On Saturday, May 20, Powell “showed up at her house, took her to the bedroom, closed the shades and locked the bedroom door. He then produced a handgun and placed it against her forehead as he slapped her face while telling her to ‘shut up.’ He also pistol-whipped her several times. He periodically pointed the gun at her head while making threats to kill her oldest daughter and her parents.” 

The Crimewatch report continues:

At one point, the victim called for her daughter who came up to the bedroom.  The victim then mouthed to her oldest daughter “help me” as she gestured that Dante had a gun. The victim’s daughter then went downstairs and got her father.  Her father went upstairs and told Donte Powell that he had to leave the house.  As Powell was exiting the residence, he pulled the gun from his waistband, pointed it up the stairs and pulled the trigger.  Fortunately, as he drew the weapon, the magazine fell from the gun which triggered a safety mechanism that did not allow it to fire. 

Powell pulled the trigger 2 more times but the gun didn’t fire.  Powell was then pushed outside and the door was locked.  He fled the scene.  Bensalem Police immediately placed officers outside of the residence on Williamson Court. Bensalem Police obtained an arrest warrant for Powell and were able identify that he was staying at an apartment at 100 Old York Road, Jenkintown PA. 

From there, Bensalem Police contacted the Abington Police Department who obtained a search warrant for Powell’s residence. The Abington Township Police SWAT Team was able to take Powell into custody without incident. Two guns were recovered from the residence, one of which was used in the aggravated assault in Bensalem.

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Photo courtesy of Bensalem Police Department