Published Date Written by Noelle Barrett
A Londonderry Twp. man who took a pizza delivery vehicle from Domino’s on Eisenhower Boulevard in January and abandoned his 3-year-old son at a Steelton steel mill during an ensuing police chase has pleaded guilty to related charges in Dauphin County Court.
Moses Fahnestock, 30, of the 1800 block of E. Harrisburg Pike, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, endangering the welfare of children, intentional possession of a controlled substance, driving while his license was suspended, defiant trespass and use/possession of drug paraphernalia before Judge Scott A. Evans on Monday, June 23.
Two charges of endangering the welfare of children were withdrawn, and a charge of criminal attempted robbery of a motor vehicle was changed to theft by unlawful taking as part of a plea deal.
Evans sentenced Fahnestock to 9 to 23 months in Dauphin County Prison, followed by 5 years of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus costs and take parenting classes.
According to Swatara Twp. police, Fahnestock, carrying his son and a brown dog, attempted to carjack a woman outside the Dollar General Store in the 800 block of Eisenhower Boulevard around 6 p.m. on Jan. 10 but could not unlock her car. He then ran across Eisenhower Boulevard and took a delivery driver’s vehicle in front of Domino’s, police said.
The vehicle later was found abandoned near Toys R Us at the Harrisburg Mall.
While officers searched for Fahnestock, security officers at the Arcelor Mittal mill in Steelton spotted him and contacted Steelton police, authorities said. Fahnestock led Steelton police on a foot chase at the mill, abandoning his son before he was apprehended, police said.