Thursday September 19th 2013, Upper Darby police stopped a SEPTA trolley in the area of Lansdowne Avenue near Upper Darby High and Bonnerprendie High Schools to confront a man wanted for questioning in regard to allegedly following and harassing students.
David Ray Yerger, 65, a former Drexel Hill resident, was identified by the victims as the man who approached them while they were walking home from the Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Avenue around 3:48 p.m. Thursday.
According to police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Yerger allegedly followed the children after school and that “The kids did the right thing. He has mental issues, but this is something we don’t tolerate. We cannot, not arrest someone like this.” Chitwood stated.
The children involved stated that Yerger asked who were 6 or 7 young boys, if they would like to ride his bike which they declined. Yerger then told the children that there were alligators on the SEPTA tracks and not to go there but to leave with him to be safe.
According to officer Thomas Thompson who responded to the call that the officer stopped the trolley to remove Yerger who then responded to questions regarding the incident saying that he just wanted to touch their hair.
Yerger was then arrested and arraigned on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was jailed in lieu of posting 10 percent of $250,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing Oct. 2 in Upper Darby district court.