Man who threatened Jenkintown district court judge, SEPTA pleads guilty

Roy Robson, 36, of Ambler, pleaded guilty to calling in threats against the SEPTA Regional Rail line in Lansdale and later a district judge in Jenkintown.

According to The Reporter, Robson’s plea agreement with prosecutors resolved five open cases spanning Jenkintown, Ambler, and Lansdale boroughs. His plea included felony and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, as well as two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one count fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Robson told Montgomery County dispatch on November 7, 2022, “I am on the train from Fernrock approaching Lansdale, and I have a bomb and I’m going to blow the train up.”

Passengers were evacuated and all other SEPTA trains with passengers on board were also taken out of service due to the threat, police said.

Several months after the Lansdale incident, Robson was arrested again after he called in a threat to a district judge in Jenkintown on February 17. Robson allegedly told a female court clerk, “You are all n——s and I am going to kill you,” which prompted an evacuation of the building and the closure of the court for the rest of the day.

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Photo: Lansdale Police Department