Suspect charged in Pa. road rage killing – WLS-TV

A man from Delaware County has been charged with the road rage shooting that left a recent high school graduate dead.

He is identified as 28-year-old David Desper from Trainer, Pa.

Desper is charged with first and third degree murder. He is being held without bail.

District Attorney Tom Hogan said at a news conference on Sunday morning that Desper surrendered around 2 a.m.

Desper’s red pickup truck, which was seen on surveillance video, was located in Glen Mills.

Detectives also recovered the gun they believe was used to shoot 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in the head. It was found in Desper’s bedroom, authorities say.

Hogan said Desper has a permit to carry the weapon.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route 100 in West Goshen Twp., Chester County.


Police have recovered a pickup truck that is believed to be the vehicle sought in connection with a teen’s road rage killing in Chester County.

Only Action News was there as a convoy of police officers arrived at the West Goshen Township police station around 1 a.m. Sunday with a red Chevy pickup truck.

It appears to be the vehicle that police say was driven by a man who shot and killed 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in a road rage incident on Route 100 last week.

It was not immediately known where the pickup truck was found. It comes a day after a series of new surveillance images of the truck were released.

There has been no word on if the driver has been identified or arrested. A news conference with investigators is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday.

The driver is described as man between 20 and 40 years of age with a medium build and blond hair. Police consider him armed and extremely dangerous.

Bianca Nikol Roberson, 18, died in the shooting on Wednesday afternoon on Route 100 in West Goshen Township.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact the West Goshen Police Department Traffic Safety Division at 610-696-7400.

A $5,000 reward is being offered in this case.

Authorities say Roberson and the pickup truck driver were trying to merge in the same lane before the case of road rage turned deadly late Wednesday afternoon.

“And a man in the red pickup truck pulled out a gun and shot her in the head, killing her,” said D.A. Tom Hogan.

Highway cameras reveal Roberson and the pickup driver had some sort of altercation minutes before the shooting.

Police believe the killer merged onto Route 202 southbound after the shooting, riding the shoulder to the Paoli Pike exit.

“They were jostling for a position or whatever. And unfortunately this gentleman took it to a degree that was just unconscionable,” said West Goshen Police Chief Joe Gleason.

“To that man who fired that shot, turn yourself in now,” Hogan said. “Every second you are out there you are only making this worse for yourself and making this worse for this young lady’s family.”

Roberson was a recent graduate of Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester and was set to attend Jacksonville University in the fall. Her brother told Action News she was “headed for greatness.”

This is just the latest tragedy for Roberson’s family. Four years ago, they lost Bianca’s older brother.

VIDEO: Scene of the crash in West Goshen Twp.

Family members say when Wednesday’s crash happened, Roberson had just left an area mall. She was shopping for college clothes with her mother and grandmother.

“I hope it’s not Bianca.” That’s what the teen’s grandmother said to herself as she passed the crash site Wednesday, intending to meet up with her granddaughter at home.

She had no idea the traffic backup she was sitting in was caused by the crash involving her granddaughter.

“Not one bit,” added Aunt Mari Hatton-Hayes. “And then when she saw the police she said she had this crazy feeling.”

Police were already at the house to notify Roberson’s family that she had died at the scene.

“She’s so young. And to go through something like that by herself…. She had to have been pretty scared,” said Dontae Alburg, Bianca’s brother.

The community is responding to the death of the college bound teen, as dozens came to a vigil in her honor Friday. On Saturday, members of a local brewing company who have never met Bianca felt compelled to help.

They collected donations and were donating proceeds from their best selling beer, “Bioncos” for Bianca’s family.

Joel Sprick of Levante Brewing Company of West Goshen Township said, “We wanted to give back to the community and show our support.


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