BY DAN NEPHIN, and RYAN ROBINSON, Staff Writers
A halfway house escapee robbed a Mount Joy Township Turkey Hill of cigarettes and cash, tried to rob other stores nearby, slipped his handcuffs after being arrested and briefly escaped from Northwest Regional police, then punched at the officer who found him, according to police.
Nathan David Nonnemaker and two accomplices, all from Berks County, were being held Monday at Lancaster County Prison on robbery and related charges.
According to criminal complaints, Nonnemaker, 25, demanded money and cigarettes from an employee at the Turkey Hill at 998 N. Hanover St. about 1:14 a.m. Friday.
Nonnemaker fled with four cartons of cigarettes valued at $118 and $96.10 in cash, the complaint states.
While police were at the store investigating, Lancaster County-Wide Communications reported suspicious activity at the Turkey Hill at 2395 S. Market St. in Mount Joy Township.
A short time later, Officer Michael Bryant stopped a vehicle matching a description police had been given. Nonnemaker, Shanelle Lee Boyd, 24, and Joseph Robert Gladden, 18, were taken into custody.
Boyd and Gladden told police they knew what was going on as they drove from Turkey Hill to Turkey Hill, a complaint states.
Nonnemaker told police he had also tried to rob the Turkey Hill at 245 N. Market St. in Elizabethtown Borough and one in Dauphin County, a complaint states.
About 7:46 a.m. Friday, Nonnemaker slipped out of his handcuffs and ran out the back door of the Northwest Regional police station, the complaint states.
Elizabethtown police Officer Dustin Ryan, who had been helping with the investigation, found Nonnemaker behind a home at Schwanger and Cloverleaf roads.
Nonnemaker had been cuffed to a "lockdown securement pole" in the station's detention area.
Northwest Regional Chief Mark Mayberry said no officers were facing discipline for the escape.
He credited Elizabethtown police for help with the investigation and finding Nonnemaker.
Mayberry said he wasn't sure how many Turkey Hills were targeted.
He also didn't have details about the Dauphin County halfway house from which Nonnemaker said he had escaped.
Nonnemaker, of Birdsboro, is charged with one count each of robbery, attempted robbery, theft by unlawful taking, escape, flight and aggravated assault.
Boyd, 24, of Sinking Spring, and Gladden, 18, of Birdsboro, are each charged with one count of robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and criminal attempt.
All three were committed to Lancaster County Prison, Nonnemaker in lieu of $200,000 bail and Gladden and Boyd each in lieu of $50,000 bail, a spokeswoman for District Judge Jayne Duncan said.
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