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Police: Man arrested in high-speed chase had stolen gun, car
A suspicious-looking car with three men inside fled a Manchester Township parking lot at a high rate of speed Monday after catching the attention of Northern York County Regional Police but crashed a few blocks later, police said.
Officers gave chase and arrested one of the three fleeing men — a convicted felon in illegal possession of a loaded handgun, according to charging documents.
Lt. David Lash said the handgun was stolen out of state and that investigators are still trying to track down the current owner. They are tracing that information with help from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he said.
The car had also been reported stolen, according to Lash.
Arrested as he fled the scene was Andrew Bernard Frazier III, 19, of York City, police said. He is charged with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of crack-cocaine and two counts of receiving stolen property — one for the car and one for the handgun, according to court records.
Frazier remains free on $20,000 bail.
The allegations: Officers Lynn Anderson Jr. and Tyler Zeller were conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot of CVS at the corner of North George Street and Route 30 about 2:50 p.m. Monday when Anderson noticed a blue Kia in the lot that appeared suspicious.
Lash said the car that caught Anderson's attention initially had five people in it, but two got out "and went out of their way not to make eye contact with the officer."
The Kia then pulled out of a parking spot with three people still inside "and was meandering through the lot," the lieutenant said. The officers ran its license plate and learned it was reported stolen from York City, documents state.
Anderson and Zeller followed the Kia, hit their lights and siren and tried to pull over the Kia while it was westbound on Route 30, documents state.
The car turned left onto West 11th Avenue and accelerated to about 80 mph, documents state. At the intersection of North George Street and Seventh Avenue in North York, it ran a red light, according to charging documents.
Just before the Parkway Boulevard intersection, the Kia crashed into the rear of a Nissan and caused it to rear-end a Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. No one was hurt, Lash said.
Foot chase: Three males jumped out of the car and took off, which is when officers ran down and captured Frazier, according to documents. While searching Frazier, officers found the stolen gun and a small amount of crack, police allege.
The other two occupants successfully eluded officers, but one of them — a man who wore a red shirt and red pants — was caught on surveillance video. Police are asking for help in identifying him because they said Frazier has declined to speak about either man in the car with him.
When asked by officers where he obtained the stolen Beretta 9 mm handgun, Frazier allegedly said he got it from a "junkie," documents state. The gun held eight rounds, one of which was chambered, according to police.
"Andrew (Frazier) informed me that he carries the pistol because it is crazy out here on the streets," Anderson wrote in the charging documents.
The prior felonies that prohibit Frazier from possessing firearms include burglary and possession of a firearm by a minor, according to court documents.
York City Police assisted Northern Regional officers on the incident, Lash said.
Anyone with information about the identity of either of the two Kia occupants who got away is asked to call Northern Regional Police at (717) 292-3647, or call 911. Or leave a tip online at nycrpd.org.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD. Crime reporter John Joyce contributed to this report.