Md. man arrested in two attempted carjackings in Hanover

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A Maryland man was charged in two attempted carjackings in Hanover on Sunday. 

Michael Gainer Rothenberg, 33, of Bethesda, Maryland, was arraigned Monday on two counts of criminal attempted robbery of a motor vehicle and one count of theft before Judge Adrian Boxley Sr.

Rothenberg allegedly tried to steal a Honda Sedan and a GMC pickup while the two drivers were in the vehicles around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at UPMC Hanover Hospital, 300 Highland Ave., according to court documents.

Michael Gainer Rothenberg

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The first victim told Hanover Borough Police that she was sitting inside her vehicle when Rothenberg came up to her door and told her to get out. Rothenberg allegedly then got in the back seat of the vehicle and told her to get out and leave the keys. The victim started driving to the front of the hospital when Rothenberg jumped out and fled on foot. In the process, Rothenberg took the woman’s purse, which contained a $100 check and her Visa card. She was able to describe Rothenberg to the police. 

Officers were searching the area for Rothenberg when they came upon the second victim in the 100 block of Penn Street. The second victim told officers she was sitting in the passenger seat of her pickup truck when Rothenberg allegedly got into the driver’s seat and told her to leave the keys and get out of the vehicle. She took the keys and then got out of the vehicle, as did Rothenberg. The second victim was able to wave down police and pointed in the direction of Rothenberg, who then fled. 

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Police found Rothenberg nearby, and he was arrested. Police said he had the first victim’s Visa card in his possession. 

Rothenberg allegedly told police that he was at UPMC Hanover for treatment but left against medical advice because he said he had to get back to Maryland. He allegedly said he asked other people for money to do so, but no one would help him. 

Rothenberg remained in York County Prison on Tuesday with bail set at $75,000.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 3 before Magisterial District Judge Thomas J. Reilly.