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Officer Involved Shooting
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING
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Albert Leon, Jr.
 
 DEFENDANT:   Alberto Leon Jr. (38 Years Old)
                            510 N. 10th Street – 1st Floor Apt.
                            Reading, Pennsylvania 19604
 
CHARGES:   July 1, 2019
                     
                      Persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms (F1)
                      Firearms not to be carried without a license (F3)
                      Terroristic Threats (M1)
                      Simple Assault (M2) 
 
                      July 3, 2019
                     
                      Aggravated Assault (F2)
                      Persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms (F1)
                      Firearms not to be carried without a license (F3)          
                      Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2)
                      Resisting Arrest or other Law Enforcement (M2)
  
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
 
On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, the Berks County Detective’s Office filed criminal charges at Magisterial District Judge Carissa Johnson’s Office against the defendant, Alberto Leon Jr., (38) thirty-eight years old, who is presently incarcerated in Berks County Jail.
 
Additionally, the defendant is currently under federal supervision, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a federal detainer has been issued and lodged against him at Berks County Jail.
 
The filing of these criminal charges is the culmination of an exhaustive and labor intensive investigation over the course of the past twenty-eight days, which has been conducted by the Berks County Detective’s Office.
 
The Berks County Detective’s Office assumed the lead investigative role in two investigations which were originally initiated by the Reading Police Department. The below is a brief synopsis of the two criminal investigations, which are related.
 
On July 1, 2019, at approximately 2:10 a.m., a male who was later positively identified as the defendant, Alberto Leon Jr., approached Victim #1 at the grocery store located on the corner of South 11th & Cotton Streets, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, while in possession and displaying a firearm. The firearm appears to be a semi-automatic handgun. The defendant pointed the firearm at the victim and stated, “if you had something to do with this, I’m going to come back for you.”
 
The defendant then fled the scene in a white GMC Yukon, which was double parked and partially on the sidewalk in the area in front of 1055 Cotton Street.
 
On July 2, 2019, at approximately 3:33 a.m., Reading Police Officer #1 was detailed to see Victim #1 at the corner grocery store, located at South 11th & Cotton Streets.
 
Upon arrival, Officer #1 interviewed Victim #1 and it was at this time that Officer #1 learned about the incident involving the firearm and threats which had occurred twenty-five hours prior. After obtaining this information, Officer #1 was able to secure video surveillance footage which was captured in the area of South 11th & Cotton Streets.
 
Officer #1 reviewed the video surveillance footage which contained valuable evidence in furtherance of this criminal investigation. Officer #1 also learned that there had been possibly three recent robberies which took place in the area of South 11th & Cotton Streets, however, there were no known victims.
 
On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Reading Police Officers, hereinafter referred to as Officer #1 and Officer #2, were on a Robbery detail in the 1000/1100 blocks of Cotton Street, Reading, Berks County.  The detail involved the investigation of three prior robberies, which occurred in that area over the past few days. 
 
At that time and place, the officers observed a Hispanic male, later identified as the defendant, Alberto Leon Jr. operating a 2001 GMC Yukon, bearing PA registration. The defendant was a person of interest in one of the recent robberies. The two police officers followed the GMC Yukon to the 400 block of North 9th Street, where they observed the defendant commit a traffic violation. The police officers stopped the GMC Yukon and as they approached, saw the defendant, the lone occupant, make a furtive movement toward the center console of the vehicle. Officer #2 observed the defendant had possession/control of a handgun. Officer #2 fired two shots into the GMC Yukon as the defendant fled the scene.
 
The fleeing GMC Yukon was pursued by additional Reading Police Officers, which ended when the defendant abandoned his vehicle in the 500 block of North 10th Street.  He exited his vehicle and ran into a first floor apartment.  Members of the Reading Police Department secured that location until members of the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team responded.
 
At approximately 6:45 a.m., the defendant was apprehended and taken into custody.
 
The Berks County District Attorney Detectives responded to the multiple crime scenes to investigate the shooting incident. The response by the Berks County Detectives was pursuant to Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams’ protocol to have an independent investigative agency investigate shootings involving police officers.
 
Through the course of this investigation, the Berks County Detectives confirmed the defendant, Alberto Leon Jr., has a prior criminal history involving the following convictions:
  
     1999 - Lebanon, PA – Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
     2003 - Lebanon, PA - Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers
     2010 - Reading, PA – Federal charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking.  He was sentenced to 108 months incarceration.
  
The defendant, Alberto Leon Jr., was transported from Berks County Jail to the Berks County Sheriff’s Processing Center where he will be fingerprinted and photographed.
 
The defendant was signed by Magisterial District Judge Carissa Johnson. Bail was set at $75,000 and he remains in Berks County Jail awaiting further court action.
 
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred, or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Alberto Leon Jr., is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.