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More information released in Royalton gun incident, arrest at War Memorial Field before football game

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 10/7/19

Details have started to emerge regarding the arrest of a Royalton man in the parking lot of War Memorial Field before the 7 p.m. start of Friday night’s football game between Middletown and …

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More information released in Royalton gun incident, arrest at War Memorial Field before football game

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Details have started to emerge regarding the arrest of a Royalton man in the parking lot of War Memorial Field before the 7 p.m. start of Friday night’s football game between Middletown and Milton Hershey.

Tyler Kameron Clingan, 20, of the 100 block of Dock Street, was taken into custody by Middletown police before the gates had opened to allow people into the game, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The arrest followed an incident earlier Friday in Royalton during which Clingan is alleged to have pulled a gun on a woman and threatened to kill her via text.

He was arraigned before District Judge David Judy late Friday night and charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; aggravated assault; terroristic threats; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $250,000 bail, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Police say no handgun was found on Clingan when he was arrested in the parking lot of the football field, and that police have “no knowledge” of Clingan having the handgun at any time when he was at the parking lot, before being taken into custody, according to Sgt. Robert Givler of the Royalton Police Department.

Givler said police have not found the handgun but believe Clingan may have gotten rid of it sometime before he was dropped off at the parking lot of the stadium by his mother.

The incident began at 5:32 p.m. Friday. According to arrest papers police filed with Judy, police from Middletown and Royalton were dispatched to the address in the 100 block of Dock Street for a report of a man and a woman fighting outside of the residence, with a gun reportedly being involved.

Police arrived to find no one in the immediate area, but that the front and back doors of the residence had both been left open.

Police entered the residence and found “in plain view” a loaded AR-15 rifle, along with marijuana and drug-related materials, located in the second floor bedroom, according to the criminal complaint. Police confiscated the AR-15.

At that time a woman returned to the address and told police that Clingan had chased her from the residence, threatened to kill her, and pointed a gold-colored handgun with a red band around the handle at her, as the woman had been fleeing to her vehicle.

The woman was accompanied by another woman who told police that she had witnessed the incident.

Clingan also sent text messages stating his was going to kill the victim, according to the criminal complaint.

After the incident at the residence, police learned that Clingan’s mother had dropped him off in the parking lot at the stadium, according to police. All of Clingan’s personal belongings were in the mother’s vehicle, according to police.

Units were sent to the football game to take Clingan into custody while other officers remained on scene and were given consent to search the mother’s vehicle and also the residence of Clingan.

Middletown police took Clingan into custody in the parking lot of the football field without incident, and Clingan did not have a gun on him at the time, borough police said in a post on the Middletown police Crimewatch site. Borough police said there was no threat to anyone at the football game. Cameras were checked in the area by police and school district employees, police said.

Clingan’s mother told police that she had not seen Clingan with a gun.

The search of her vehicle yielded drugs and paraphernalia commonly associated with the sale of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

After re-entering the residence, police said they found a digital scale with marijuana residue and the case for a Glock Model 19 9 mm handgun, but no handgun.

Givler told the Press & Journal on Monday that police did not know who owns the AR-15. The AR-15 appears to have no other involvement in the incident, other than being found by police inside the residence, Givler said.

Givler said police at this time are also still investigating whether Clingan was in possession of the handgun legally — or illegally, which could lead to more charges being filed against him.