On Monday, September 7th, MoreThanTheCurve.com reported on gunshots and a large police response to the Parc apartments in Plymouth Meeting. The Plymouth Township Police Department has now issued a press release that provides more details and announces the arrest of Michael Upshur, Jr.
According to the press release, Upshur is believed to have rented the apartment by committing identity theft. During the incident, Upshur is believed to have fired 14 shots and there were no injuries. Furniture was also thrown out a window. The gun recovered by the police was traced and is believed to be a gun that was stolen during a 2013 burglary in Conshohocken. He was charged with several crimes including firearms violations, receiving stolen property, identity theft, etc.
Below is the press release:
On Monday, September 7, 2020 at approximately 3:12pm, the Plymouth Township Police Department responded to the Parc Apartments, 134 Plymouth Road, for a report of a disturbance in the 1000 building. While enroute to the scene, multiple callers to 911 and witnesses reported furniture being thrown out of a 3rd floor apartment window as well as multiple gunshots being fired. Responding Officers quickly located a male matching the suspect description. The male was detained and later identified as Michael Upshur Jr.
Detectives initiated an investigation and have determined that Michael Upshur Jr. began destroying the apartment where he resided. In addition to destroying the apartment, Upshur fired fourteen rounds from a stolen Smith & Wesson firearm that was recovered on scene. The firearm was reported stolen in a burglary in Conshohocken Borough in 2013. The fourteen gunshots were fired from within the 3rd floor apartment in the direction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Plymouth Road and the apartment complex parking lot. No injuries have been reported.
This ongoing investigation has revealed that the apartment in question was rented fraudulently in June 2020 and Upshur was living in the apartment under false pretenses. Lease documents and interviews with the listed tenant; indicate that the listed leasee is the victim of identity theft.
The only individual involved in this shooting incident is identified as Michael Upshur Jr. Upshur Jr. is in custody and there is no risk to the public.
Michael Upshur Jr. will be charged with the following violations of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code:
18 PACC 6105(a)(1): Persons Not to Possess a Firearm (F1)
18 PACC 3925(a): Receiving Stolen Property (F2)
18 PACC 6106(a)(1): Firearms Not to be Carried without a License (F3)
18 PACC 3503(a)(1)(i): Criminal Trespass (F3)
18 PACC 4120(a): Identity Theft (F3)
18 PACC 2705: Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2)
18 PACC 3304(a)(1): Criminal Mischief (M2)
The Whitemarsh Township Police Department and the Conshohocken Borough Police Department assisted with this investigation. The Plymouth Community Ambulance Association also stood by on scene during the initial investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may be able to provide additional information is asked to contact the Plymouth Township Police Department Detective Division at 610-279-1901.
Photo: Plymouth Township Police Department (mugshot only)