Police: Father Aided Prisoner Son’s Escape In Bucks County

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa (CBS) — The search has been suspended for an escaped prisoner that triggered the closure of Central Bucks schools for the day as police have arrested his father, claiming he aided in his son’s escape.

A shelter-in-place was in effect for parts of Bucks County Sunday night but was lifted Monday morning.

Authorities say the prisoner, 25-year-old Daniel Selby, escaped while being transported around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

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“I heard all the copters flying over the house and I got a hold of my brother, he came downstairs, and the whole street was lined with cop cars,” said Warrington resident Peggy West. “I was afraid to come outside. The prison is right up the street so this stuff can happen.”

Police arrested Selby’s father, 65-year-old Daniel Selby Sr., for allegedly aiding his escape from Doylestown Township. He has been charged with hindering apprehension, aiding consummation of crime and obstructing administration of law.

Daniel Selby Sr.

Mugshot of Daniel Selby Sr. (credit: Warrington Township Police Department)

Daniel Selby was last seen in a wooded area near State and Bristol roads.

Police tell Eyewitness News that Selby was in a Bucks County Sheriff transport van when he told deputies onboard that he was feeling sick. The deputies pulled over the van and opened the door, but then noticed Selby was not in his foot shackles.

When the deputy opened the door, the suspect pushed past him and took off on foot, said police.

Police say Selby is not wanted for a violent crime, but residents should still be on alert.

“He doesn’t present a real threat to them other than he is fleeing from the police,” said Central Bucks Regional Police Chief Jim Donnelly. “If you have any information, any sightings, call 911. We will respond immediately.”

Selby is described as a white male, around 6 feet tall, brown hair with a scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing an orange shirt, jeans and work boots.

Police say he is still handcuffed and is using a light-colored blanket to hide the handcuffs.

He was last seen near a 7-Eleven in Edison.

Pennridge High School in Perkasie canceled outdoor activities and police patrols will also increase at dismissal times.

He is wanted for a low-level failure to appear in court.

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