POTTSTOWN PA – Police have identified a suspect in the Easter Sunday (April 21, 2019) gunshot death of a 25-year-old man on Industrial Highway. Now they’re working to locate the alleged shooter and take him into custody, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and borough Police Chief Michael Markovich announced.
Wanted is Stephen Moore (at top), 31, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued in the death of Joshua Smith, the officials said Wednesday (April 24) in a media statement. “We are asking for the public’s help in finding Moore,” Steele added. Although last known to be of Pottstown, Moore “has ties to both Camden NJ and to the Reading area.”
The DA also gave a warning; “anyone who sees him, should not approach him.” Instead, he urged, “immediately call 9-1-1.”
Moore is African-American, with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet-7-inches tall, and weighs about 150 pounds. He is wanted in connection to the homicide that occurred shortly after noon on Easter at 625 Industrial Hwy. where Pottstown officers – responding to a call of shots fired – found victim Smith shot several times, police said.
As officers attended to Smith, another Pottstown police patrol simultaneously saw “a silver Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed down Industrial Highway and began to follow the Jeep, then saw the Jeep crash at the intersection of High and Wilson streets,” according to the statement. Police approached the crash scene, but “the male driver exited the Jeep and fled … on foot.”
As the result of their joint investigation, the county Detectives Bureau and Pottstown police now allege the driver in the crash and the shooting suspect are the same man: Moore.
“Moore and Smith left Smith’s residence together earlier in the day in a silver Jeep, driven by Moore and owned by Moore’s wife,” the statement said. “Following the crash, detectives recovered a Ruger .38 caliber pistol, a Taurus 9 mm pistol, and two cellphones from the Jeep. Ballistics tests determined a bullet recovered from the deceased’s body was fired from the Ruger .38 caliber firearm found in the Jeep.”
Anyone with information about his location is asked to call police at 610-970-6570, or county detectives at 610-278-3368.
Moore photo from the Montgomery County District Attorney