Suspect in deadly Pa. road rage incident in custody, facing murder charges


    The driver of the red pickup truck involved in Wednesday’s deadly road rage incident in Chester County, Pa., is in custody. The announcement came this morning during a news conference by the West Goshen Police Department. 

    Police say David Desper, 28, of Trainer, Pa., has been charged in the shooting death of Bianca Roberson, 18. of West Chester, Pa.

    Desper turned himself in accompanied by an attorney early Sunday and was charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangering in the death of Roberson in West Goshen Township.

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    0FBbiancaRobersonx600Bianca Roberson, 18. of West Chester, Pa. was shot and killed during a road rage incident in Chester County Wednesday (Facebook)

    Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said the dented red pickup truck sought in the shooting was found in Glen Mills, and the 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun police believed was used was found in the suspect’s bedroom.

    Roberson had just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester and was planning to attend Jacksonville University in Florida this fall.

    Witnesses reported seeing her vehicle “jockeying for position” with a red pickup truck where the road narrows from two lanes to one lane. After Roberson was shot, her car veered off the road, struck a tree and was found in a ditch. The shooter fled in a red pickup, driving partly along the shoulder of the highway until exiting the road.

    Authorities tracked the suspect vehicle on surveillance video and sorted through tips from the public, calling on the suspect to turn himself in for his own sake and for the sake of the family.

    “We got a crucial piece of evidence from Bianca herself, because the round recovered from her was reviewed by a forensic ballistics expert who told us that that round came from a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun,” Hogan said.

    Asked if race was a factor in the slaying — Desper is white and Roberson black — Hogan said there was no indication that race played a role. “This appears to be a savage, senseless and brutal act from one human being to another human being,” he said.

    Desper remained in custody without bail. Defense attorney Daniel McGarrigle declined comment Sunday.

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