Police standoff ends with man's arrest in Hanover

Written by Kaitlin Greenockle/The Hanover Evening Sun | Aug 8, 2017 6:08 AM

Law enforcement officers move toward the house where James Brown Jr., 49, was involved in a standoff with police, which lasted approximately three hours Monday. (Photo: Ty Lohr, The Evening Sun)

(Hanover) --  A standoff between police and a bank robbery suspect occurred Monday afternoon in the 400 block of Pleasant Street.

James Brown Jr., 49, of Hanover, was arrested and taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and burns as a result of the standoff, according to Hanover Borough Police Chief Chad Martin.

State and local police took James Brown Jr., 49, into custody, Monday, after an approximately three hour standoff. Brown is the suspect in the Monday burglary at Members First Credit Union. Ty Lohr, The Evening Sun


Police patrolman saw a vehicle in the area of Pleasant Street at about 1:52 p.m. that matched the description from a bank robbery Monday morning, which occurred at Members First Credit Union, Martin said.

Brown allegedly ran into a home on the street, which police don't think wasn't his. During the standoff, a fire was started inside the home, which police said Brown set. 

After several attempts by the York County Negotiation Unit to negotiate with Brown, he "bailed out of the home" and police were able to hold him until medical personnel could assist, Martin said. The standoff lasted approximately three hours. 

There was no gun fire during the incident, and there were no injuries to law enforcement or to the public, he said.

There appeared to be extensive damage to the inside of the home, but the shell of the house is intact and no other homes were damaged, Martin said.

Hanover Borough Police Department, Penn Township Police Department, West Manheim Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Hanover Fire Department and multiple special units from York County were all on the scene.

This article is part of a partnership between WITF and the Hanover Evening Sun.

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