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Homeless man threatens to have woman killed, says he’s part of a gang: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 12/31/19

A homeless man has been charged with making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened to have someone kill a woman in Lower Swatara Township.

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Homeless man threatens to have woman killed, says he’s part of a gang: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A homeless man has been charged with making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened to have someone kill a woman in Lower Swatara Township.

Lower Swatara officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of B Lane at about 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Walter Vega, 30, was refusing to leave after he was told to do so.

A resident told officers that when she called the police, Vega told her that if he got arrested over this, he was going to have someone kill her because he said he was part of the Latin Kings street gang, the affidavit said.

The Latin Kings is the largest Hispanic and Latino street gang worldwide, according to Wikipedia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Sonya McKnight, and his bail was set at $2,000. His preliminary hearing is Jan. 8.

Group chat leads to charges

Two girls face charges after making comments in a group chat, according to police.

It was reported as harassment to police at 8 a.m. Dec. 11.

Officers said a 15-year-old Steelton girl and a 15-year-old Middletown girl called another girl derogatory names and threatened to assault her and “put her in a hospital.”

Both girls were charged with harassment, and the 15-year-old girl from Steelton was also charged with terroristic threats.

$9,000 taken from bank account

A Lower Swatara Township resident reported $9,000 missing from their bank account.

It was reported to police at 3:26 p.m. Dec. 5.

Police said money was taken out of the resident’s bank account on two occasions without permission, totaling about $9,000.

The incident is under investigation.

Rental car not returned

A Florida man has been charged with theft of leased property after he allegedly failed to return a rental car.

The theft was reported to Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority police on Dec. 6.

Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority is the governing authority of Harrisburg International Airport.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Victor Deion Williams, 27, of Lauderdale Lakes, rented a 2019 Hyundai Elantra From Avis Rental Cars Nov. 12 and was to return it Nov. 15.

Williams reportedly failed to return the car and didn’t respond to a letter.

His case is listed as inactive.

AirPods stolen

A Middletown Area High School student is reporting the theft of AirPods.

The theft was reported at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Officers said the white AirPods headphones, valued at $145, were stolen from a bench in the locker room.

Man charged with DUI

A Lower Paxton Township man’s blood alcohol content was 0.198 percent following a traffic stop at 2:17 a.m. Nov. 23, according to authorities.

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper reportedly saw Todd William Gephart’s vehicle weaving in the lane while driving on Eisenhower Boulevard, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Gephart, 40, was reportedly driving about 52 mph in a 45 mph zone and about 30 mph in a 25 mph zone.

A sample of his blood was taken at the Dauphin County Booking Center. The affidavit said the results were 0.198 percent. The legal limit while driving is 0.08 percent.

He was also charged with disregarding a traffic lane and speeding. His preliminary hearing is Jan. 15.

Man charged with theft

A Maryland man has been charged with theft by unlawful taking after he allegedly took an iPhone 7 left at Sheetz on Route 230.

Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority police responded to a report of a disturbance at 2:37 a.m. Dec. 7.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, customers were intoxicated. One of the customers left, and later in the day reported his iPhone stolen.

Video surveillance reportedly shows Mama Njonkou Njoya, 33, of Frederick, finding the phone on a table and walk out of Sheetz with it.

Njoya’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 3.

Man cited following hit-and-run

A Middletown man has been cited following a hit-and-run in the 500 block of Windsor Drive at 10:56 p.m. Dec. 13.

Police said Owen Deitz, 67, hit a parked vehicle and didn’t stop. Officers said Deitz later called police and identified himself.

He was cited with an accident involving damage to an unattended vehicle or property.

Window broken on Spring Garden

Something was thrown through a window of a residence in the 1200 block of Spring Garden Drive.

It was reported to police at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 11.

Police said the victim did not know what was thrown through the window or when it happened.

Vehicle part of scavenger hunt?

Lower Swatara police received reports of a suspicious vehicle in the 30 block of Shirley Drive at about 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

Police believe the people were taking part in a scavenger hunt, although officers are still doing interviews.

Man charged with DUI

A Harrisburg man has been charged with DUI following a traffic stop for having expired registration at 1:59 a.m. Nov. 9 on Greenfield Drive.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, the license of driver Bernard R. Conway Jr., 50, was suspended for DUI-related charges.

A preliminary breath test was positive for the presence of alcohol, officers wrote. A sample of his blood was taken at the Dauphin County Judicial Center.

Conway also was charged with driving while his license is suspended related to driving under the influence, driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

His preliminary hearing is Jan. 29.

Hit-and-run on Harrisburg Pike

Police are searching for a gray SUV involved in a hit-and-run at the intersection of West Harrisburg Pike and Whitehouse Lane at 9:07 p.m. Dec. 9.

Police said two cars were stopped at the red light. A car driven by a Camp Hill resident was rear-ended by the SUV, and the crash pushed that car into a car driven by a Steelton resident.

Officers said the SUV fled toward Steelton. The car would have minor front-end damage, police said.

There were no injuries. The accident is under investigation.

Stolen car involved in crash

A vehicle stolen from a residence in the 2000 block of Eshelman Street was later involved in a car crash in Steelton.

It was reported to police at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 5, and police believe the vehicle was stolen overnight.

Officers said the 2017 Ford Escape was unlocked and had a spare key inside. The car was later involved in a crash in Steelton.

Police said the car was recovered after the crash.

Two bicycles stolen

A township resident reported the theft of two bicycles from a residence in the first block of Donald Avenue.

It was reported to police at 2:16 p.m. Dec. 7.

Police said the two bikes were unsecured and under a carport. The bikes are valued at $125 each. One has 14-inch tires and is blue and black; the other has 16-inch tires and is orange and gray.

Unlocked car entered

Items were stolen from an unlocked car while it was parked in the 1400 block of Rosedale Avenue.

The theft was reported at 9:56 p.m. Dec. 10. A wallet was taken from the car containing a credit card, Social Security card, a driver’s license, and $20 cash, police said.

Woman cited for unsafe U-turn

A Mechanicsburg woman has been cited after police responded to a car crash near the intersection of West Harrisburg Pike and Tioga Avenue at 9:04 a.m. Dec. 3.

Police said Grace Plummer, 20, and a 35-year-old Harrisburg woman were driving westbound on West Harrisburg Pike. Plummer made a U-turn when she was rear-ended by the Harrisburg woman, police said. There were no injuries.

Plummer was cited for making a U-turn unsafely.