Arthur Henry Disanto Jr. was found Monday after a month-long manhunt in Pennsylvania. Police then hunted 41-year-old Disanto for hours in a chaotic chase that ended in South Jersey on Monday night. During the final stretch, a gun battle erupted, leaving both the suspect and a police officer wounded.
Disanto was charged with attempted murder on July 3 after shooting a woman in her Media, Penn. apartment. Disanto was then placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list in early August after Pennsylvania State Police were unable to locate him. The FBI Philadelphia Field Office began to assist the Pennsylvania State Police with its search for Arthur Henry Disanto Jr. and he was finally found and captured on August 23.
According to authorities, Disanto is currently at Cooper University Hospital in Camden where he is being treated for his injuries. He is expected to survive, as is the injured officer. The police pursuit involved several police agencies, helicopters, and drones, reports claimed. It was a multi-state manhunt that began in Marple Township, Penn. and ended in Washington Township, NJ just before midnight.
Pennsylvania State Police had found Disanto in Marple Township at around 7:00 p.m. Monday. When officers attempted to confront him, he fled the scene on a motorcycle. Police chased him through several Delaware County towns before finally losing him in Prospect Park.
Arthur Henry Disanto Jr. crossed paths with a plain-clothed police officer five minutes after he escaped. The Folcroft officer followed the fugitive in his unmarked Chevy Tahoe from Delmar Drive to Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia. He then bumped into Disanto’s rear motorcycle tire in an attempt to subdue him.
The confrontation became heated as Disanto laid down his bike and opened fire on the office. In defense, the Folcroft officer retreated behind his vehicle, giving Disanto enough time to hijack the unmarked cop car and escape. The officer attempted to incapacitate the suspect, shooting out windows and firing bullets into the Tahoe but to no avail.
Police then tracked the Chevy Tahoe to Deptford Township where Disanto allegedly armed himself with weapons and armor stored in the stolen vehicle. Disanto donned a bulletproof vest and helmet before fleeing the scene on foot. He reportedly left behind an AR-15 and a handgun that were in the vehicle. Folcroft Police Deputy Chief Christopher D. Eiserman explained that both weapons were thoroughly concealed.
Authorities scoured the area. Eventually, a drone observed Arthur Henry Disanto Jr. taking cover on a roof. When he realized he was spotted, Disanto fled again. Police finally caught up to the suspect in Washington Township. There the suspect and police traded gunfire. Disanto injured an unidentified New Jersey municipal police officer before he was taken into custody.
On top of the attempted murder charges, Disanto is being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and harassment for the July incident. He is also charged with the carjacking of a police vehicle from Monday’s chase. It’s not clear whether he will be charged for attempted murder for the police officer shot during the gunfight.
During the hours-long manhunt, residents of Deptford Township and Washington Township were asked to stay in their homes. Besides the suspect and police officer’s gunshot wounds, no other injuries were reported.