Abington Police Chief: Abington Man Won't Get His AR-15 Back

19-Year-Old Man Arrested and Placed on Involuntary Psych Evaluation

The Dom Giordano Program
May 07, 2018 - 2:19 pm

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Abington police Chief, Patrick Molloy, joined the Dom Giordano Show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT to explain the decision to arrest and place a man, who open carried an AR-15, under “involuntarily” psychiatric evaluation.

“If mental illness is issue here, we didn’t want to talk about that, we were trying to be as careful as possible. The more we dug deeply into this issue and some of the information we were uncovering by searches of his phone and other things, that’s why we put together a petition for a search warrant, which was executed, apart from the mental health issue. While there is no criminal charges being filed yet, we are still actively investigating this issue and we did confiscate that weapon from his home.”

Molloy explained to Giordano that placing someone involuntarily for a psych evaluation is not outside the norm. Especially after Abington police had received a private Facebook message from two friends of the man expressing concern for him.

“[We have done] this a number of times. It’s somewhat routine [for us.] It’s crystal clear in my mind that we had enough to do that. Especially, we wanted to be careful here, we know how sensitive the 2nd Amendment is but we just had to be very objective when we evaluate these things. As a father of a 19-year-old and a 26-year-old, knowing sometimes at these ages, individuals can present some emotional or metal illness and we concerned about that because of the statements interested friends, who cared about him, made to us. We very diligent in following up and making sure we were giving the benefit of the doubt to the individual whose rights we may be taking away or passing this information on to the mental health professionals, we’re very sensitive to that. “

Molloy went on to say at this time the suspect would not be getting his AR-15 back.

“At this point, he will not get his weapon back. There may be an appeal process where he would be able to get it back in the future but I know at this point he will not be getting that weapon back.”