'Savage and senseless murder:' DA describes road-rage killing of teen

03 July, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • David Desper

David Desper, 28, was arrested and charged with first and third degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson, the West Chester District Attorney's office said Sunday, CBS Philadelphia reports. "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.

They also confiscated the red pick up truck he was driving when he encountered the teenager at the interchange of Route 100 and Route 202.

Desper turned himself in to police around 2 a.m., 6 ABC of Philadelphia is reporting.

Authorities recovered Roberson's body in a ditch after her vehicle careened into a tree.

After Desper's surrender, his red Chevy truck and the.40 caliber handgun thought to have been used in the killing were recovered, authorities said.

After the shooting, township police, Chester County Detectives and another law enforcement agencies began a manhunt for the shooter, working from eye witness accounts, sharing details through local media and social media, both of which township Police Chief Joseph Gleason credited for the swift conclusion of the case.


Desper had a permit for the gun, which he bought in November 2015, authorities said.

"This is the story of a savage and senseless murder", Hogan said at a press conference announcing the charges. Desper has not entered a plea, a police spokesman says.

"To that man who fired that shot, turn yourself in now", Hogan said. "He took a handsome young lady of 18 years of age in the prime of her life getting ready to go off to college, and for reasons that are incomprehensible to me, the family is now planning for her funeral instead of a going-away party for college". Four years ago, they lost Bianca's older brother. She was headed to Jacksonville University in Florida in the fall.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the West Goshen Police Department at 610-696-7400.

Earlier in the day, Roberson was school shopping with her mom and grandmother.

She had hoped to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her father said.

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