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Robbery try outside Hummelstown 7-Eleven case of mistaken identity; Middletown pair charged

Posted 3/31/20

Details have emerged about the attempted robbery Sunday outside the 7-Eleven at 32 N. Hanover St. in Hummelstown, and a man and his girlfriend, both from Middletown, have been charged.

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Robbery try outside Hummelstown 7-Eleven case of mistaken identity; Middletown pair charged

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Details have emerged about the attempted robbery Sunday outside the 7-Eleven at 32 N. Hanover St. in Hummelstown, and a man and his girlfriend, both from Middletown, have been charged.

It apparently was a case of counterfeit marijuana and mistaken identity.

According to the criminal complaint filed with District Judge Dominic Pelino, Dylan Pressley, 28, of North Race Street, told police that he has a medical marijuana card but lost it and could not obtain any.

Through a friend he arranged to purchase marijuana from another person at 7-Eleven.

Pressley told police that he and his girlfriend, April Williams, 28, of the same Race Street address, went into the store a little after 2 p.m. Sunday. They went inside and when they returned to the parking lot, they saw the person from whom he was supposed to buy the marijuana, in a silver or light-colored car. Pressley said he got in the back of the car and gave the man $50 for a silicone container that was to contain marijuana oil or a similar substance.

When Pressley and Williams started to leave in their vehicle, Pressley said he opened the container and determined it was not what he intended to purchase.

He got out of his vehicle and ran to the only light-colored sedan he saw in the parking lot, thinking it was the car he had made the purchase in, according to the complaint. He began yelling at the woman driving the car to give him his money back and tried to open the car door. When she refused and attempted to back up, he began “aggressively” kicking her car door, causing a dent.

Williams allegedly blocked the woman from leaving by parking behind her in the vehicle that she and Pressley were in.

Williams then approached the driver’s side of the woman’s car, and they determined the woman was not the person from whom he bought the substance. The two left, the criminal complaint states.

The woman driving the car later contacted Hummelstown police. She told police that when she arrived at the 7-Eleven, she noticed the vehicle in the space next to hers was similar in appearance.

Security footage was obtained and a picture of the man was posted asking the public for tips on his identity. Numerous tips were received, identifying the man as Pressley.

Sgt. Justin D. Hess said the Hummelstown Police Department thanks all the individuals (more than 20) who “provided quick and accurate tips that identified the suspect.”

Pressley also contacted Hummelstown police and was interviewed by investigators.

Hummelstown police charged Pressley, and he has been arraigned by Pelino. He has been released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 26.

He faces felony charges of robbery with threat of immediate serious injury and criminal conspiracy to engage in a robbery with threat of serious immediate injury. He faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault and criminal mischief/tampering with property, and a summary offense of harassment.

Williams faces felony charges of robbery with threat of immediate serious injury and criminal conspiracy to engage in a robbery with threat of serious immediate injury. She faces a misdemeanor charge of simple assault, and a summary offense of harassment.

She was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 26.