Police arrest man after apparent Manheim Twp. standoff

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A report of a barricaded gunman in Manheim Township over the weekend had a chaotic beginning but ended peacefully with no one hurt, police said.

"It was uneventful," Southwestern Regional Police Sgt. Jamie Stalcup told The York Dispatch.

It started the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6, with repeated phone calls from a woman in Maryland, reporting that there was a person in a home on Blue Hill Road waving a gun around and not letting others leave the home, according to Stalcup.

Jordan Perry

But those calls didn't go to the York County 911 Center, he said.

It's unclear who all the woman called, but she eventually wound up calling the York County Central Booking Unit and speaking with a county sheriff's deputy, Stalcup said.

That deputy took down the woman's information and called state police, who immediately sent troopers to the scene, the sergeant said.

Stalcup said state police then alerted Southwestern Regional Police because that's the department that covers Manheim Township. That alert came about 9:15 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

Stalcup said when he arrived at the home in the 5300 block of Blue Hill Road, two troopers were already there, and several more arrived a short time later.

Perimeter created: A West Manheim Township police officer also responded to provide backup, as did two Codorus State Park rangers who are officers with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

"We put a plan together and set up a perimeter around the house," Stalcup said, adding he tried to call Jordan Perry — the man inside — three times, but Perry didn't answer.

Roughly an hour later, two women left the home with three children.

"They said they were leaving because he was being argumentative," the sergeant said, adding the women said nothing about a gun being brandished and nothing about being held against their will.

Stalcup asked one of the women to call Perry on her phone and to hand the sergeant her phone if Perry answered, which is what happened, Stalcup said.

Stalcup said he informed Perry that the house was "surrounded by cops with long guns."

Perry said he had been sleeping, police said. He followed police directions and came outside with his hands up, the sergeant said.

The entire incident lasted about two hours, according to Stalcup, including the time it took to interview Perry after he left the house.

Stalcup said that on Saturday morning he was unaware of the Maryland woman's call to central booking.

Mystery caller: So he was surprised when he dropped off Perry at central booking and deputies already recognized the man's name, he said. Stalcup said that's when he learned the Maryland woman spoke with a deputy there.

"We never found out who she was," he said, and were unable to substantiate her allegations.

Stalcup said he arrested Perry for possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as for having an outstanding criminal warrant from Maryland.

Perry, 22, formerly of North East, Maryland, was released on his own recognizance, according to court records.

Stalcup said Perry moved to the Blue Hill Road home about two weeks ago, has no job and apparently came here to avoid his probation issues.

Perry could not be reached for comment. It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.