News Release – Home Invasion-type Burglary

On January 15, 2019 at approximately 12:09 am, the Derry Township Police Department was advised of an active home invasion-type burglary occurring at a townhouse apartment in the Briarcrest Gardens apartment complex off of West Chocolate Avenue.

A female resident from the apartment advised the dispatch center there was a unknown male in the apartment and she believed he was attempting to rob her female roommate at knifepoint in an adjacent bedroom. Officers arrived quickly and made entry into the apartment. The male was able to escape through the front door after the first officer made entry but was confronted by officers who had secured a perimeter around the apartment. The male suspect refused to comply with orders and was tackled to the ground by one of the officers. The male suspect continued to resist arrest, even after one officer deployed his Taser in an attempt to subdue the suspect. Officers were able to gain control of the suspect and handcuff him.

The male suspect initially refused to provide identification and then provided false identification to investigating officers. He was eventually identified as 53-year-old Richard Bernard Washington of 804 North 16th Street, Harrisburg. Washington was charged with Burglary, Robbery w/ threat of serious injury, Aggravated Assault w/ deadly weapon, Unlawful Restraint w/ risk of serious injury, Possession of Instruments of Crime, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, False ID to Law Enforcement, and Loitering and Prowling at Night Time.

The two residents of the apartment were physically uninjured, and the suspect sustained minor abrasions from resisting arrest at the scene. He was transported to Dauphin County Judicial Center to appear before the Night Court MDJ.