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More details released in weekend incidents at Genesis Court apartments; one suspect turns self in

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/19/20

Middletown police are now looking for just one suspect in two incidents that police say occurred in the same apartment in Genesis Court over the past weekend.

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More details released in weekend incidents at Genesis Court apartments; one suspect turns self in

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Middletown police are now looking for just one suspect in two incidents that police say occurred in the same apartment in Genesis Court over the past weekend.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said they received a report that Bethany Ann McClain, 26, of the 700 block of South 6th Street in Steelton, and an unidentified girl entered the apartment “unannounced” at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and started fighting with a woman who lives there.

McClain turned herself into authorities Tuesday, according to police, and was arraigned before Judy.

Police interviewed the victim, who according to arrest papers had a bruised and swollen right eye socket, a bloody nose and a bloody lip, and blood on her shirt.

Police said when the victim fought back to defend herself, the juvenile girl backed off but McClain kept assaulting the woman. Police said McClain struck the victim numerous times with a closed fist.

McClain is charged with burglary and simple assault.

Police are still looking for Aaron A. Potts Jr., 36, of a different address in the 700 block of South 6th Street in Steelton according to arrest papers.

Police said that Potts entered the same Genesis Court apartment at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

According to police, another woman who lives in the residence told Potts he could not come in, but that Potts forced his way in.

Potts according to arrest papers grabbed the woman by her hair, pulled her to the ground and began choking her.

Police said that Potts stole two cellphones during the incident, but that Potts later told police the phones were in a bush outside another Genesis Court apartment. Police found the phones where Potts said they were, according to arrest papers.

Police said that Potts told them he had not done anything wrong and that he had been “shoved out of the house” by the woman whom he allegedly assaulted, according to arrest papers.

Potts is charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of criminal trespass and simple assault, according to online court documents.

Potts is also wanted on a felony arrest warrant out of Cumberland County, according to information Middletown police posted on the Crimewatch website.

While police reports don’t indicate that the incidents are specifically related, everyone involved in both incidents are known to each other, according to police.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Potts should call Dauphin County Dispatch at 717-558-6900.