Police: Hanover home-invasion robbers caught after gunfire


Hanover police officers arrested two alleged home-invasion robbers as they were fleeing the scene of the crime, according to police.

A gun was fired during Friday morning's home invasion, which happened at an apartment in the first block of Broadway, Hanover Police Lt. Chad Martin said in a news release.

Police were called to the home about 3:45 a.m. for a reported burglary in process, and alerted that a stolen gun had been fired there, Martin said.

Responding officers spotted Muhummad Drakeford and Daniel Markle running from the area and arrested them after a brief foot pursuit, according to the lieutenant.

Drakeford, 37, of York, was arraigned on charges of robbery, burglary, criminal trespass and attempted theft. He was taken to York County Prison on $200,000 bail, according to the news release.

Markle, 33, of Lewisberry, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a pre-existing medical condition and will be charged with the same offenses as Drakeford, plus unlawful restraint, simple assault, reckless endangerment, theft, receiving stolen property and illegally possessing a firearm, the release states.

Under guard: He is under police guard at the hospital, pending his discharge, police said.

According to Martin, Drakeford and Markle forced their way into the apartment and confronted three people there — a 26-year-old woman and two men, ages 23 and 35. All three are Hanover residents.

Markle brandished a stolen handgun and demanded the victims' property, police said.

"The investigation also confirmed that the handgun was discharged during the incident," Martin wrote, adding no one was hurt.

Investigators believe the home was targeted, according to Martin.

Anyone who witnessed the home invasion or who has information about it is asked to call Hanover Police at (717) 637-5575, or call 911.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.