On Monday, September 30, 2019, at 8:47 PM, The Ridley Township Police Department received a call in reference to a carjacking at gun point. According to the caller, the incident occurred on the 200 Block of Elmwood Ave which is located in the Woodlyn Section of the Township. Upon arrival, the victim advised that she pulled a Black BMW in a driveway when an unknown male approached the driver’s side window. According to the victim, the male put a gun to her head and demanded that she get out of the vehicle. At which point, the victim attempted to put the vehicle in park when it went into reverse. The vehicle began to roll down the driveway while the offender followed alongside and yelled at her to put it in park. Eventually, the BMW struck a concrete wall and came to a stop.
The occupants of the vehicle then fled into the house. The unknown male then entered the BMW and sped south on Elmwood Ave towards Jefferson Ave. The entire incident was captured on a Ring Doorbell Camera.
Flash information was broadcast over the radio and surrounding units began to search for the vehicle. While police searched the vicinity, an additional 911 call was received in reference to a vehicle on fire in the 100 clock of Taylor Ave. Upon arrival, it was determined that the vehicle on fire was the vehicle that had just been carjacked. A witness advised that she heard a loud explosion and observed the vehicle ablaze. According to the witness, a black male fled the area (on foot) south on Taylor Ave.
Officer Timothy Kearney observed a black male with burnt clothing walk on Fairview Ave at Sherman Ave. Upon further investigation, the male had burns on his neck, wrists and knuckles. Officer Kearney asked the male if he was okay and inquired as to what happened to his hands. The male provided an implausible explanation that he was not from the area and came to help a friend. While walking down the street, a car pulled up next to him and blew up which caused his burns. A witness positively identified the male who was later determined to be DONALD FLYNN. FLYNN was evaluated by medics on the scene and subsequently transported to the burn unit of Crozer Chester Medical Center for treatment.
Detective Marc McKinney arrived on the scene and did not observe any signs of collision on the exterior of the burnt vehicle. The vehicle was impounded for further analysis. Detective McKinney was contacted by the United States Marshals who advised that DONALD FLYNN is wanted for a parole violation. In fact, FLYNN had spent 24 years incarcerated for murder. He had recently been paroled in August of 2019. FLYNN was charged accordingly.