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Fugitve arrested at York Galleria

Written by Gordon Rago/York Daily Record | May 4, 2016 2:06 AM
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(York) -- A man who had been on the run from police for roughly two weeks after he showed up at the home of a girl he was accused of sexually assaulting was arrested Tuesday night inside a mall, police said.

An anonymous person inside the York Galleria mall spotted who they thought was Austin Michael Craley and called 911, Springettsbury Township Police Sgt. Richard Thompson said.

Officers responded to the mall's upper level. Once they made contact with Craley, officers began questioning him and Craley admitted who he was, Thompson said.

He was taken into custody and offered no resistance, the sergeant said.

The relatively quiet arrest, which happened shortly before the mall's closing time, marked the culmination of a large manhunt for Craley who, police say, went to the teenage girl's home in York Township on April 15. That's where Craley, 20, was confronted by the girl's mother's boyfriend.

Craley pointed a handgun at the man, but then ran away, police have said.

The incident started a six hour search, including the use of a State Police helicopter to try to locate Craley.

Later, police interviewed Craley's family. His father found that three of his guns were missing, along with ammunition, according to charging documents.

On Tuesday, Craley was arrested with the three stolen handguns, according to York Area Regional Police, who filed charges against Craley and was leading the investigation. The handguns, York Area Regional Police wrote on Facebook, were loaded.

In November, a warrant was issued for Craley's arrest on charges of statutory sexual assault, indecent assault on a person less than 16, and corruption of minors. He was arrested on the charges and released on $15,000 bail.

Police filed additional charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, burglary and retaliation against a witness or victim in connection with the April 15 incident.

Craley also skipped a pretrial conference in county court, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, said Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office. Two days later, he appeared at the victim's home.

*This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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