UPPER DARBY — A Philadelphia juvenile is behind bars after a robbery and carjacking  lead local police departments on a chase that resulted in injuries to one officer.

Zymir Cole, 17, of the 3800 block of Haverford Avenue, is sitting in the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Concord for failing to post $500,000 cash bail for an alleged Saturday morning crime spree throughout East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Upper Darby that generated 29 criminal charges. Cole’s charges include felony counts of fleeing or attempting to elude officer, aggravated assault by vehicle, possession of firearm by minor and myriad robbery, theft and assault charges.

According to the affidavit of probable cause by Upper Darby Police Officer Ryan Benner, the spree began in Lansdowne just after 5:30 a.m. with a report of a stolen black Mitsubishi Outlander from the 200 block of Jackson Avenue. A black man was seen in the drivers seat with another black male closing the rear trunk of the vehicle. A few minutes later, a man walking on Wycombe Avenue in Upper Darby was robbed at gunpoint by two black males who were driving a black sports utility vehicle.

The distance between the stolen vehicle and robbery in the two municipalities is reportedly just five blocks away from each other, according to the affidavit.

At 5:50 a.m. the Mitsubishi Outlander was found driving in the area of Radbourne Road and Long Lane in the township’s Stonehurst section by East Lansdowne Officer Kevin Myers. The vehicle continued through alleyways and other streets in the township before Myers activated his lights and sirens in the 500 block of 69th Street. A chase ensued down Church Lane to the Fernwood section of the township before the SUV turned onto Lexington Avenue from Baltimore Avenue in East Lansdowne.

“(The driver) failed to stop for a clearly posted stop sign at Pembroke Avenue,” reads the affidavit. “As the vehicle attempted to make a right turn onto Pembroke Avenue it entered into the left lane and hit a marked Upper Darby Township police vehicle head on. The crash caused damage to both vehicles rendering them inoperable.”

Upper Darby Police Officer William Redheffer was involved in that head-on accident and was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for evaluation. He was treated and released from the hospital, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

“He’s lucky he’s not dead,” said Chitwood.

With the crash ending, the two black suspects fled with Cole allegedly fleeing to the rear of the 100 block of Pembroke where he was taken into custody by police.

The car theft and robbery victims were transported to Pembroke just after 6 a.m. where they positively identified Cole as the perpetrator.

Upper Darby and Lansdowne police are looking for the other man involved in the car theft and robbery, described by one victim as a black male around 5 feet 4 inches tall with a muscular build and braids/dreadlocks. He was wearing a white tank top and dark shorts.

Cole is due in court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Christopher Mattox.

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