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Officer allegedly assaulted at hotel, 2 people arrested: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 9/19/18

A township police officer was assaulted during an investigation of two people who were found passed out in the parking lot of a local motel.

Police reported to the Congress Inn on Eisenhower …

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Officer allegedly assaulted at hotel, 2 people arrested: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A township police officer was assaulted during an investigation of two people who were found passed out in the parking lot of a local motel.

Police reported to the Congress Inn on Eisenhower Boulevard at 4:04 a.m. Sept. 9 to investigate a report by the inn’s manager that a man and woman were passed out in a car that was parked outside of his office.

Police roused the driver of the car, Kevin McGinty, 38, of the 4000 block of Sequoia Drive, Harrisburg, and a passenger, Jasmine Thomas, 26, of the 500 block of North 7th Street, Allentown, and arrested them.

During the course of an interview with the couple, police said Thomas struck one of the investigating officers with her hand. The officer was not injured.

Investigators said they smelled an odor of alcohol on both McGinty and Thomas. After being given field sobriety tests, McGinty was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he consented to a blood draw to test for the possible presence of alcohol in his system. Results of the tests were not reported.

Court records noted McGinty was arraigned on charges of DUI and driving an unregistered vehicle. He was sent to Dauphin County Prison after failing to post $2,500 cash bail, court records noted.

Police said Thomas also was taken to the county’s judicial center and was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned on felony charges of aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and summary charges of public drunkenness and open container violation. She was released after posting unsecured bail of $25,000.

They are scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on Sept. 20 for preliminary hearings.

4 guns, 3 TVs stolen in burglary

Four guns and three televisions were among an array of items stolen in a burglary of a home in the 400 block of Oberlin Road.

Police believe the break-in and theft took place between Sept. 2 and 3. The homeowner discovered the burglary the morning of Sept. 3 after having been away from the residence overnight. Investigators believe a window at the home was forced open to gain entry.

The weapons reported stolen were a Savage HMR model 17 rifle with bipod and scope valued at $320; a Mossberg model 500 12-gauge pump action shotgun with brass plaque valued at $300; a Dan Wesson 1911 .45 caliber pistol valued at $2,000; and a Smith & Wesson M&P Sport rifle valued at $740. Police said several of the guns were family heirlooms.

Four Wilson Combat 8 round pistol magazines valued at $33 each also were stolen.

The collective value of the 30-inch Samsung flat-screen television, 32-inch Westinghouse flat-screen, and 54-inch LG flat-screen is $840.

Police also noted a Geoffrey Beene two-diamond black watch valued at $80 and a personal credit card were taken. The credit card was canceled and no fraudulent use was discovered.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Victim is out more than $3,500

A township resident told police she had mailed checks totaling more than $3,500 to pay a company to repair her alleged virus-infected computer. Unfortunately, the victim’s computer was not infected by viruses and no repairs were done to the machine.

Police said the victim had received a message on her computer noting her machine was infected by viruses but it could be repaired if she would send personal checks to the company to disinfect it.

Police are continuing to investigate the matter. They noted the victim’s bank is also attempting to assist her.

Cellphone stolen

A township resident told police someone stole his iPhone while he was attending a soccer game at the athletic fields near Middletown Area High School.

Police said the theft took place during the evening of Sept. 6.

Police said the blue and white iPhone 8 was valued at $800. Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Cash stolen

A guest at the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Boulevard told police that $30 in cash was stolen from her wallet during the evening of Sept. 5.

Police said the victim had mistakenly left her wallet in the parking lot at the inn but subsequently found it, minus the cash.

Investigators said only cash was taken from the wallet.

Harassment citation

Kelly Underkoffler, 52, of the 100 block of Richardson Road, Middletown, was issued a citation for harassment following an incident at the Little Hollywood Motel, court records noted.

According to police, Underkoffler and the victim became embroiled in an argument during which time the victim claimed she was choked by Underkoffler.

Police noted no emergency services were requested or provided.

Both list the motel as their residence.