Armed robbery suspect struggles with cop before arrest

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David McCain

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. – An armed robbery suspect out on parole gets into a life and death struggle with a police officer over a concealed handgun.

While assisting Susquehanna Township Police Wednesday night with a robbery in the 2200 block of Herr Street, an Officer from Penbrook stopped David McCain, 22, in the 2000 block of Briggs Street. McCain matched the description of the suspect in the robbery of the 76 Gas Station approximately 2 blocks away. The robbery happened at 9 p.m.

The officer noted that McCain was out of breath, and visibly nervous. He could not provide any information on where he had just come from or where he was headed. McCain also would not comply with the Officers request to keep his hands out of his pockets.

When the Penbrook Officer started to pat him down for the Officer’s safety, McCain quickly pulled his hand up to his chest. The Officer was able to reach around and grab his hand in an attempt to prevent him from reaching for a weapon.

When the Officer had control of his hand, he pulled the arm around to the rear of his body and at this time he realized the suspect was holding a semi automatic handgun and it was now pointed at the Officers midsection.

A struggle between the Officer and McCain began. McCain refused to follow the Officer’s commands to stop resisting and to let go of the gun. The Officer was able to get the gun away from McCain, however while doing so McCain was able to flee on foot. With the assistance of Officers from Susquehanna Township and Harrisburg, McCain was taken into custody.

Charges against McCain include Aggravated Assault against a Police Officer, Persons not to Possess a Firearm, Firearms not to be Carried Without a License, and Resisting Arrest. In addition to those charges, it was determined that McCain was out on State Parole.

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole issued a detainer for McCain. He is being held on $150,000 bail at Dauphin County Prison.


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