UPPER DARBY — A warrant has been issued for a man police believe to be the center of violence on one township block.
Upper Darby police are looking for Devin Bostick, 21, of the 7100 block of Clover Lane, for allegedly making terroristic threats against a township woman last week. Bostick is the man police spoke with earlier this month after a July 28 gunfight on that block that fired off 18 bullets that damaged four cars.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said then that a warrant was not issued for Bostick, but the event threatening message he allegedly spewed last week was the catalyst for police to believe he is the man they’ve been looking for.
According to Chitwood, a woman with her two children was walking along the 600 block of Long Lane late afternoon on Aug. 13 when she and Bostick got involved in an exchange of words.
“B----, I will get you beat up. I got b-----s for you. You better watch your back. Don’t forget, I know where you live, I know where your kids go to daycare. I will kill you,” is the direct quote given to police as told by Chitwood Monday afternoon.
The woman went to police headquarters and gave a statement to detectives. Chitwood said she was able to identify Bostick because she had known him before his threats toward her.
“The must have had a prior falling out,” said Chitwood. He added that she made the report to police because “she indicated that she feared for her life.”
Chitwood said they had no leads on Bostick, but “we’ll get him, though. He’s gonna be there.”
An uptick of shootings on his block, 7100 Clover Lane, had police speaking with Bostick directly after the late July shooting, describing him as the epicenter of violence.
“You’re gonna be murdered, or put in jail for murder,” Chitwood told Bostick then. “But what I’m concerned for is the small children up the street.” A warrant was not issued at the time Chitwood, and Capt. Jim Reif, spoke with Bostick. He was believed to have been the target of that shooting, if not one of the shooters.
According to online court records, Bostick was arrested by Upper Darby police last year and pleaded guilty in April of this year for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession (small amount, personal use) and was placed on 30 days of probation and fined $100. In Philadelphia, Bostick plead to four counts in October 2017 for various property, unauthorized use of vehicle and fleeing police charges resulting in a maximum sentence of four years’ probation.
Anyone with information on the shooting can leave an anonymous tip with Upper Darby police at 610-734-3439.