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If you’re wanted by police, don’t go to National Night Out

Posted 8/9/17

If you’re wanted by police, you probably shouldn’t go to National Night Out.

But for whatever reason, Francis Xavier Clark of the 2300 block of Pineford Drive in Middletown decided to show his …

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If you’re wanted by police, don’t go to National Night Out

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If you’re wanted by police, you probably shouldn’t go to National Night Out.

But for whatever reason, Francis Xavier Clark of the 2300 block of Pineford Drive in Middletown decided to show his face at National Night Out in Hoffer Park on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The park was crawling with cops, including a Dauphin County probation officer who spotted Clark, 18, in the crowd and alerted borough police that Clark was wanted in connection with a felony fraud charge dating back to when he was still a juvenile.

A borough police officer shouted “Francis — police, don’t move” and grabbed Clark by the arm, but Clark shouted an expletive in return and bolted away, running out of his sandals in the process, according to court papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Clark knocked down women and children as he fled toward the Grubb Street Bridge. He was apprehended by police shortly after.

Clark later that night was arraigned before Night Court Judge Lowell A. Witmer and charged with flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment. He was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $20,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 24 before Judy.

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