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Girl reports clown beat up person after exiting car: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 8/16/17

The call to police could’ve been a joke but local officers didn’t treat it that way even though at its conclusion investigators were unable to find or do anything.

Police were asked to …

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Girl reports clown beat up person after exiting car: Lower Swatara Police Roundup


The call to police could’ve been a joke but local officers didn’t treat it that way even though at its conclusion investigators were unable to find or do anything.

Police were asked to investigate an assault involving two people at 11:40 a.m. Aug. 2. The caller told police his 9-year-old child told him she saw a person stop and exit his car along a section of Richardson Road, pull someone from the passenger’s side of the vehicle and beat the person. Police said what made the call most unusual was the child’s report that the suspect was dressed as a clown.

Police were told that after the clown-clad suspect had beaten the victim, he or she got back into the vehicle and left both the scene and victim.

Investigators were unable to piece together any additional details about the incident such was whether the suspect or victim were male or female, the type of car driven and the whereabouts of either the victim or the suspect.

Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 717-939-0463.

Calls seek credit card info at hotel

Several guests at the Holiday Inn on South Eisenhower Boulevard reported being called by a person who said she was a member of the staff and needed credit card information.

Police said the calls were not from an employee of the Holiday Inn and an attempt had been made to defraud one person out of more than $1,700.

A woman called several rooms July 31 and asked guests for credit card information, claiming the information was needed because of an error in registering when they checked in. Police said the caller told the intended victims that she was a Holiday Inn employee.

Although police did not report how many guests were called, they did become aware of one who had provided the caller with credit card information and almost immediately received notice that an attempt had been made to secure a $1,769 online purchase with Lowes.com.

The purchase was flagged by the victim’s credit card company. The purchase was refused and the credit card was frozen. Police said the victim did not lose any money.

Police and management at the Holiday Inn are investigating.

Harrisburg woman hits tree

Police report a Harrisburg resident escaped serious injury when her car struck a tree in an accident at 2 p.m. Aug. 4 in the 2000 block of North Union Street.

According to police, the driver told police she was driving a 2016 Subaru Forester and failed to negotiate a curve in the road and subsequently struck a tree along the side of the road. The driver was taken to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by emergency medical services for treatment of minor injuries, police said. The Lower Swatara Township Fire Department was also on the scene to assist. The investigating officer added a passerby, who is a registered nurse, stopped to assist police in helping the victim.

The car sustained major damage to its front end and was towed. Police did not report whether the air bags had deployed or if the driver had been wearing a safety belt.

No citations were filed.

Arrest in car theft

Erin R. Carroll, 34, of the 1400 block of South 13th Street, Harrisburg, has been charged with receiving stolen property in the theft of a car from St. Mary’s County in Maryland.

Carroll was taken into custody Aug. 2 while she was staying at the Congress Inn, South Eisenhower Boulevard, and police connected her with being the person in possession of a 2010 Chrysler Sebring parked at the local motel. The arresting officer discovered the stolen vehicle while checking its Maryland registration plate.

Police added they uncovered that a warrant had been issued against Carroll by the Dauphin County sheriff in connection with a domestic case unrelated to the car theft investigation.

Carroll was arraigned before District Judge Steven Semic and placed in Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $25,000 cash bail. She is scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on Aug. 23 for a preliminary hearing.

Disturbance at home

Township police report several charges, including simple assault, have been filed against a Harrisburg resident following a disturbance in the township.

In addition to the assault charge, Cheryl L. Bretz, 45, of the 5000 block of Snell Drive, has been charged with harassment and burglary stemming from the incident at 9:12 p.m. Aug. 3 at a residence in the 800 block of Oberlin Road, police noted.

The arresting officer said Bretz entered a male acquaintance’s home and became embroiled in a confrontation. Police said the accused punched the man, scratched his arm and knocked a pair of glasses off his face. Reportedly the victim did not suffer any serious injuries and was not given medical treatment. Police said the burglary charge was filed because Bretz entered the residence without the victim’s permission or knowledge.

Bretz was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith on Aug. 4 and released after posting unsecured bail of $50,000.


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