Police capture fugitive wanted in West York fatal overdose

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
David M. Kraft

An alleged drug dealer whose product police say killed a York-area man last fall has been captured, according to West York's police chief.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service's fugitive task force arrested David M. Kraft, 36, on Thursday, Aug. 29, in a home in northern York County, Chief Matt Millsaps said.

"We've been looking for him since May ... everywhere between Thomasville and Harrisburg," the chief said.

West York Police and the marshals service's task force would develop leads and zero in on where Kraft was staying, then assemble a team and hit the location, according to Millsaps.

But somehow, Kraft was able to slip away just before police showed up, the chief said.

Law enforcement learned Kraft was staying in a home in the Fairview Township area, went there late Thursday afternoon and arrested Kraft without incident, according to Millsaps.

Kraft, formerly of West York and now of the Dover area, is now in York County Prison on $500,000 bail, charged with felonies including drug delivery resulting in death and drug possession with intent to deliver.

He is accused of supplying drugs to Brock Tiehel, 31, who died Oct. 16, 2018, of a heroin and fentanyl overdose, according to charging documents filed May 14.

Tiehel was living in West York at the time, but previously lived in the Spring Grove and New Oxford areas.

The allegations: Tiehel was found dead in his home in the 1400 block of West Market Street, the block where Kraft also lived at the time, according to court documents.

Tiehel had struggled with heroin addiction for years, and his family told officers he had been spending a lot of time with Kraft, police said. 

Tiehel and Kraft sold suboxone together, which Kraft used to help fight heroin withdrawal, police allege.

Investigators searched Kraft's phone and found that Tiehel had arranged to buy drugs from him in the days leading up to Tiehel's death, police said.

Tiehel had an extensive history of drug transactions with Kraft, according to police, who said Kraft was the only person who supplied Tiehel with heroin.

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