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Middletown man charged with assaulting woman: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 5/26/20

State Police charged a Middletown man after he allegedly assaulted a woman in an incident that began at the Canal Lock Boat Launch on River Road in Royalton on May 15.

According to arrest papers …

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Middletown man charged with assaulting woman: Police and Courts Roundup

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State Police charged a Middletown man after he allegedly assaulted a woman in an incident that began at the Canal Lock Boat Launch on River Road in Royalton on May 15.

According to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy, Shawn Lawrence Krut, 40, of the 200 block of Penn Street, hit the woman with a closed fist on the side of her head from behind while the victim was sitting at a picnic table at the boat launch.

The victim told police Krut drove away but then returned and said he would kill the woman if she did not get into his vehicle.

The victim told police Krut placed his hands around her neck while in the vehicle and drove to a beer distributor in Middletown where Krut again allegedly assaulted the woman.

The woman escaped and ran to a nearby bank, where she was aided by a resident while Krut was in the distributorship. Police said the woman had fresh bruises on her temple and fresh red marks and fingernail cuts on her neck.

Krut was arrested May 22 and charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, simple assault, harassment, and driving while under suspension.

He also faces additional charges filed against him by State Police on May 21 of retaliation against a witness or victim, terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment.

His preliminary hearing on both sets of charges is scheduled for June 3 before Judy.

Woman charged after incident

Middletown police charged a Harrisburg woman following an incident at Essex House in the 300 block of Market Street that began at 4:30 a.m. May 3.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Marcia Inez-Samuels, 48, of the 1600 block of Park Street, was involved in creating a disturbance with two other people in an apartment. 

Police said Inez-Samuels resisted arrest and police put a mask on her because she was spitting at them from the time officers arrived until she was transported to the central booking center.

Inez-Samuels is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Her preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for July 15.

Break-in attempt at residence

Middletown police charged a Harrisburg man after he was observed by a resident trying to break into a house in the 300 block of Oak Hill Drive shortly before 9 p.m. on April 14.

A caller told police that Christopher Benard Tromp, 44, of the 400 block of Emerald Street, was seen sitting on her front porch, according to arrest records filed with District Judge David Judy. The caller told police that Tromp jiggled the front door knob in an apparent attempt to gain entry. 

Middletown police assisted by Lower Swatara Township police arrested Tromp that evening in a vehicle being driven by a woman who said she was driving because Tromp was under the influence of alcohol. 

She told police that she and Tromp were in the area because they had seen an advertisement for a free doll house that was supposed to be curbside in the neighborhood.

Police searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana coming from inside. Police found a small bag of marijuana behind the front passenger seat, and an open container of malt liquor that Tromp said was his.

Tromp on April 27 was charged with loitering and prowling at night, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, public drunkenness and similar misconduct, and disorderly conduct.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for July 8.

DUI charges after crash

State Police charged a Harrisburg man with DUI after he drove his car off the road and into an embankment at Roundtop and Old Hershey roads in Conewago Township at about 9:15 p.m. April 29.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Richard Brandon Confair, 31, of the 6200 block of Warren Avenue, showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol while attempting to perform field sobriety tests being given by police at the scene.

Confair agreed to a blood draw at 10:23 p.m. at the county booking center. Police are awaiting lab results.

Confair on May 1 was charged with DUI and disregarding a single lane of traffic. His preliminary hearing before Judy is Aug. 5.