Man arrested after failed bank robbery attempt, police chase in East Hempfield Township

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Joshua O. Welsh

EAST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (WPMT)-A Wrightsville man was arrested Wednesday after he crashed into a police cruiser during a  chase after a failed bank robbery attempt in Lancaster County, investigators said.

Joshua O. Welsh, 39, is charged with criminal attempted robbery, receiving stolen property and fleeing or attempting to elude police officers. He was arraigned Wednesday and taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of  $150,000 bail.

Officers responded to the Integrity Bank, 310 Centerville Road, in East Hempfield Township around 4:03 p.m. for a suspicious male sitting in the parking lot.

Bank employees told police that a man, later identified as Welsh, was sitting in the parking lot– covering his mouth and face with a scarf, putting on gloves and pulling up the hood of his jacket over his head. Fearing that the man would try to rob the bank–an employee locked the front door. Upon seeing this, Welsh quickly fled the scene in a stolen vehicle.

Police attempted to pull Welsh’s vehicle over–but he refused to stop, authorities said.  During the chase, Welsh intentionally crashed into a police cruiser before stopping his vehicle in the 1400 block of Manor Street in Columbia, investigators said. Welsh then got out of the vehicle and ran through several  yards before being captured by police.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle Welsh was driving was reported stolen from Columbia earlier that day.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Det. David Bender at 717-898-3103.


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