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Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
Patrick Guyer

A Dillsburg man has been arrested in the Christmas Eve death of a 59-year-old Hanover man, police said Thursday.

Patrick Charles Guyer, 24, is charged with homicide and burglary, both first-degree felonies.

Hanover Borough Police arrested Guyer in Dillsburg without incident Thursday, Chief Chad Martin said in a news release.

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Arthur Stanley, of the 300 block of Beck Mill Road, was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve, according to a York County Coroner's Office news release. 

Police said they responded to the 300 block of High Street shortly before 4 a.m. for a report of a disturbance. The home appeared to have been broken into, and police found Stanley inside, Martin said.

The York County Coroner’s Office arrived just before 4 a.m. Deputy Coroner Tania Zech determined Stanley had “apparent injuries inflicted by another,” the coroner’s office stated in a news release.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Guyer, who is ineligible for bail, remains in custody at York County Prison, court documents state. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8 before District Judge Dwayne Dubs.