Police: W. Manchester Twp. beer distributor owner thwarts robbery

Gregory Kinard

When a man displayed a gun and demanded money from a West Manchester Township beer distributor, the owner decided to take action, according to authorities.

West Manchester Township Police said Jeff Hassinger swatted the gun out of Gregory Albert Kinard's hands when Kinard tried to rob the store on Oct. 1.

Kinard, 32, of no fixed address, is charged with three counts of robbery and one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault and false identification to law enforcement.

Attempted robbery: Police said Kinard entered  Buy Rite Beer, 330 S. Richland Ave., with a black cloth over his face  about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

He displayed a black handgun and demanded the employee working behind the counter open the cash register, charging documents state.

That employee told Hassinger there was a problem, and Hassinger came out of his office, prompting Kinard to turn to him, officials said.

Kinard demanded Hassinger open the register, and Hassinger said no and told him to leave, police said.

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Kinard pointed the gun at Hassinger and demanded money, causing Hassinger to swat the gun away, charging documents state.

Kinard then struck Hassinger in the face, and the two began to fight until police arrived, officials said. Police say Kinard told the cashier "you're dead" several times before police showed up.

At the scene, police found a black pellet gun that resembled a handgun, officials said. Hassinger had severe bruising and swelling on his face as well as scrapes and bruises on his arm from the struggle, according to court documents.

He was taken to York Hospital for treatment.

Spoke to Kinard: Police said when Kinard was asked his name, he said "ask my lawyer."

Kinard then gave them a wrong name, charging documents state.

He was taken to the county's central booking unit for arraignment and officials learned his actual name, according to police.

Kinard was arraigned on the charges  Oct. 2. He remains in York County Prison on $250,000 bail.

He does not have an attorney listed yet.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13 at District Judge Keith L. Albright's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser